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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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Mixed Quotation—Semantically Redundant?

Mixed Quotation—Semantically Redundant?

(p.52) 6 Mixed Quotation—Semantically Redundant?
Language Turned on Itself

Herman Cappelen (Contributor Webpage)

Ernie Lepore (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines one small aspect of mixed quotation, namely, whether it is a genuinely semantic phenomenon. It argues that the Redundancy View (RV) of mixed quotation and its corollary CRV are both false. According to RV the quotation marks in mixed quotations are semantically superfluous; and to CRV the semantic content of a mixed report is identical to the semantic content of the corresponding direct report (i.e., one in which its complement clause has no quotation marks).

Keywords:   mixed quotations, redundancy view, CRV, semantics

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