Philosophical Studies Series

What is Said

A Theory of Indirect Speech Reports

Authors: Bertolet, R.

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The notion of what someone says is, perhaps surprisingly, some­ what less clear than we might be entitled to expect. Suppose that I utter to my class the sentence 'I want you to write a paper reconciling the things Russell claims about propositions in The Philosophy of Mathematics for next week'. A student who was unable to get up in time for class that day asks another what I said about the assignment. Several replies are in the offing. One, an oratio recta or direct speech report, is 'He said, "I want you to write a paper reconciling the things Russell claims about propositions in The Philosophy of Mathematics for next week. '" Another, an oratio obliqua or indirect speech report, consists in the response 'He said that he wants us to write a paper reconciling . . . '. Yet another, reflecting a perhaps accurate estimate of the task involved, editorializes: 'He said he wants us to do the impossible'. Or, aware of both this and my quaint custom of barring those who have not successfully completed the assignment from the classroom, one might retort 'He said he doesn't want to meet next week'. Since 'says' is construable in these various ways, it is at best unhelpful to write something like 'Alice said "Your paper is two days late", thereby saying that Tom's paper was two days late.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
What is Said
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Indirect Speech Reports
Authors
Series Title
Philosophical Studies Series
Series Volume
49
Copyright
1990
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Kluwer Academic Publishers
eBook ISBN
978-94-009-2061-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-009-2061-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-0792-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-7425-4
Series ISSN
0921-8599
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 254
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