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By Alessandro Capone, Ferenc Kiefer, Franco Lo Piparo

This quantity deals the reader a unique evaluate of present considering on oblique stories. The individuals are eminent researchers from the fields of philosophy of language, theoretical linguistics and verbal exchange conception, who solution questions about this crucial factor. This fascinating zone of controversy has earlier regularly been taken care of from the point of view of philosophy. This quantity provides the perspectives from semantics, dialog research and sociolinguistics.

Authors handle issues similar to the problem of semantic minimalism vs. radical contextualism, the attribution of accountability for the modes of presentation linked to Noun words and the way to differentiate the oblique reporter’s accountability from the unique speaker’s accountability. in addition they discover the relationship among oblique reporting and direct quoting. truly oblique reporting has a few pertaining to the semantics/pragmatics debate, even though, there's a lot controversy on “what is said”, even if this can be a minimum semantic logical shape (enriched by means of saturating pronominals) or a far richer and entirely contextualized logical shape. This factor can be mentioned from numerous angles. a number of the authors are contextualists and the dialogue brings out the necessity to take context into consideration while one offers with oblique studies, either the context of the unique utterance and the context of the file. it truly is attention-grabbing to work out how wealthy cues and clues can considerably rework the said message, assigning illocutionary strength and the way they are often mobilized to tell apart a number of voices within the utterance. Decoupling the voice of the reporting speaker from that of the said speaker at the foundation of wealthy contextual clues is a crucial factor that pragmatic thought has to take on. Articles at the factor of slurs will carry new mild to the difficulty of decoupling accountability in oblique reporting, whereas others are theoretically orientated and take care of deep difficulties in philosophy and epistemology.

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Neuroscientific studies have detected some structural and functional brain differences between bilinguals and monolinguals and talked about the “neural signature of bilingualism” (see Hull and Vaid 2007; Kovelman et al. 2008; Marian et al. 2009). However, there are no studies that have focused on the language production of bilinguals to prove that this “signature of bilingualism” exists in language production and comprehension as well. This study makes an attempt in this direction but our dataset is too small to talk about more than just certain tendencies.

While the NSs tried to preserve the semantics of the expression and overwhelmingly used a subordinate clause to report the original message, the NNSs focused more on the pragmatic function of the expression rather than on its semantics. E3. Andy wants to know how you are doing. E4. Andy asked how I was doing. E6. Andy wonders how I’ve been. xxx CH1. Andy said hi to me. R. Andy greeted me. CH4. Andy says hi to me. 3 Request/Command Request/commands represent a special category in indirect reports of our dataset with each of them containing some kind of speaker’s evaluation and/or politeness.

However, I must underline that this has nothing to do with English language proficiency. Rather it may be the result of cognitive flexibility of those bilinguals who have relatively high proficiency in both of their languages. As discussed in the “Introduction” the English L1 group was a dominant bilingual group where English was their native tongue and their L2 proficiency was at a lower level while in the other group the level of L2 was close to native. As a result the English L1 group behaved like native speakers rather than bilinguals.

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