Steve Nicolle

A linguistic cycle for speech orienters

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Language and Linguistics

Abstract This paper describes the way in which represented speech is introduced in ten eastern Bantu languages, and explains the different constructions used as stages of a linguistic cycle. In this cycle, verbs of speech develop into quotative markers, and eventually cease to be used to introduce direct speech. This cycle can be understood as a systematic and unidirectional series of constructional changes.

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