The discourse of indirectness : Cues, voices and functions

Zohar Livnat (Editor), Pnina Shukrun-Nagar (Editor), Galia Hirsch (Editor)

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"Indirectness has been a key concept in pragmatic research for over four decades, however the notion as a technical term does not have an agreed-upon definition and remains vague and ambiguous. In this collection, indirectness is examined as a way of communicating meaning that is inferred from textual, contextual and intertextual meaning units. Emphasis is placed on the way in which indirectness serves the representation of diverse voices in the text, and this is examined through three main prisms: (1) the inferential view focuses on textual and contextual cues from which pragmatic indirect meanings might be inferred; (2) the dialogic-intertextual view focuses on dialogic and intertextual cues according to which different voices (social, ideological, literary etc.) are identified in the text; and (3) the functional view focuses on the pragmatic-rhetorical functions fulfilled by indirectness of both kinds"-- Provided by publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages257
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260567
ISBN (Print)9789027207777
StatePublished - Oct 2020

Publication series

NamePragmatics & Beyond new series ; volume 316
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company


  • Comparative and general -- Indirect discourse
  • Grammar

ULI publications

  • uli
  • Grammar, Comparative and general -- Indirect discourse
  • Grammar, Comparative and general -- Indirect quotation
  • Grammar, Comparative and general -- Reported speech
  • Indirect discourse (Grammar)
  • Indirect quotation (Grammar)
  • Indirect speech (Grammar)
  • Reported speech (Grammar)


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