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This front matter section of the book The Semantics of Free Indirect Discourse contains the table of contents and preface. The book discusses that free indirect discourse is a mode of narration where one can listen to a protagonist's thought. The respective passages seem to be worded in part by a protagonist of the ongoing story, in part by an external narrator. The semantic analysis of free indirect discourse is situated between indexicality, evaluative predication, or, more generally, predicates with an experiencing, judging and sentient subject, and indirect speech. But classical areas of grammar, such as tense and aspect, also play an important role.

Keywords: free indirect discourse; protagonist's thought; semantic analysis; sentient subject

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