indirect discourse

indirect discourse
discourse consisting not of an exact quotation of a speaker's words but of a version transformed from them for grammatical inclusion in a larger sentence. He said he was hungry is an example of indirect discourse. Cf. direct discourse.

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  • Indirect discourse — Indirect In di*rect , a. [Pref. in not + direct: cf. F. indirect.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road. [1913 Webster] 2. Not tending to an aim,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indirect discourse — n [U] AmE technical ↑indirect speech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • indirect discourse — noun uncount LINGUISTICS the words you use to report what someone else has said, for example She said that we must leave. : REPORTED SPEECH …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • indirect discourse — n. statement of what a person said, without quoting the exact words (Ex.: She said that she could not go.) …   English World dictionary

  • indirect discourse — noun a report of a discourse in which deictic terms are modified appropriately (e.g., he said I am a fool would be modified to he said he is a fool ) • Ant: ↑direct discourse • Hypernyms: ↑report, ↑account * * * discourse consisting not of an… …   Useful english dictionary

  • indirect discourse — N UNCOUNT Indirect discourse is the same as indirect speech. [AM] …   English dictionary

  • indirect discourse — noun (U) AmE technical indirect speech …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • indirect discourse — UK / US noun [uncountable] linguistics mainly American indirect speech …   English dictionary

  • indirect discourse — in′direct dis′course n. gram. indirect speech …   From formal English to slang

  • Indirect — In di*rect , a. [Pref. in not + direct: cf. F. indirect.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not direct; not straight or rectilinear; deviating from a direct line or course; circuitous; as, an indirect road. [1913 Webster] 2. Not tending to an aim, purpose, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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