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Does Searle’s challenge affect chances for approximating assertion and quotative modal <i>wollen</i>?

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Abstract

The possibility of reporting on overheard monologic or &#8216;secret&#8217; language use by means of the German quotative modal <i>wollen</i> shows that a &#8216;volitional-epistemic&#8217; analysis of the latter is problematic. This finding allows making a further distinction between Searle&#8217;s and Zaefferer&#8217;s analyses of assertion, indicating that only the former, based solely on speaker commitment, would be able to properly approximate assertion and quotative <i>wollen</i>. However, embeddability of <i>wollen</i> under negation casts doubt on the desirability of such an approximation. Keywords: assertion; commitment; embedding; quotative evidentials; volition

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