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Language Turned on ItselfThe Semantics and Pragmatics of Metalinguistic Discourse$
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Herman Cappelen and Ernest Lepore

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231195.001.0001

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‘Impure’ Direct Quotes

‘Impure’ Direct Quotes

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(p.44) 5 ‘Impure’ Direct Quotes
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Language Turned on Itself
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Herman Cappelen (Contributor Webpage)

Ernie Lepore (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231195.003.0005

Some theorists argue that the data surrounding the practice of mixed quotation establish that it is not a real form of quotation (and in so doing they present a particular interpretation of (D7) and (D8)). In particular, these theorists argue that quotation marks in mixed quotes can be dropped without a loss of meaning. This chapter examines these data and their various interpretations. It is argued that “impure quotes” do not pose a challenge to a theory of quotation, though they do present a challenge for a theory of the saying relation.

Keywords:   direct quotations, fixer-upper quotations, theory of quotation, mixed quotation

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