Direct and Indirect Speech: Biblical Hebrew
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Direct speech and indirect speech are two modalities of reported speech, that is, the reflexive use of language to report (or, represent) speech. In reported speech, two discourse events are brought together—that in which an utterance was originally expressed and that in which it is reported by another (Miller 1996:3). The reported speech event is depicted in the ‘quotation’ and the reporting speech event in the ‘quotative frame’.

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Miller-Naudé, Cynthia L., “Direct and Indirect Speech: Biblical Hebrew”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 11 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423

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