Hybrid Quotations
  • ISSN 0774-5141
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9676
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When the indexical ‘I’ appears inside quotation marks, it refers not to the person now speaking but to the person whose speech is being reported. The apparently ‘monstrous’ behaviour of quotation can be dismissed in direct speech, so long as one maintains that the quoted part is mentioned rather than used. The same cannot be maintained, however, in so-called ‘mixed’ quotation, for which a pure-mention analysis is implausible. In this paper I compare two accounts of the semantics of quotation. While the accounts of Maier & Geurts (2004), Geurts & Maier (this volume), and Bittner (to appear) all anticipate the correct behaviour for indexicals inside quotation, the approach developed by Geurts and Maier makes a further, false generalisation, and is therefore empirically inferior.


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