Unembedded Indirect Discourse


  • Corien Bary
  • Emar Maier


This paper contributes to two debates: (i) the debate about whether or not ancient Greek has Free Indirect Discourse (FID), and (ii) the debate about how we should analyze FID semantically. We do this by showing that there is a distinction between FID and what we call Unembedded Indirect Discourse (UID). The semantic analysis that we develop for the latter shows that the two phenomena, though superficially similar, are semantically fundamentally different. We conclude that UID would have been more deserving of the title ‘free indirect discourse’ than the more quotative and direct discourse-like narrative technique that is now confusingly called so.


How to Cite

Bary, C., & Maier, E. (2019). Unembedded Indirect Discourse. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 18, 77–94. Retrieved from https://ojs.ub.uni-konstanz.de/sub/index.php/sub/article/view/305