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[Une étude de corpus pour éclairer la question du verbe de l’incise en Français, Une étude de corpus pour éclairer la question du verbe de l’incise en Français]

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Abstract

This paper presents a corpus-based study of the class of French verbs like <i>dire</i> in <i>Jean arrivera demain, dit Max</i>, used to introduce indirect speech. We compare literary and press corpora and show that such 'comment clauses' have a different function in the two types of corpora, characterised by the use of different verbs, tenses, and punctuation marks. Our study shows that the commonly-accepted idea that the primary reporting verb is <i>dire</i>, and the most frequent tense is simple past, is not accurate.

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