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This introduction provides an overview of the concepts discussed in this book The Semantics of Free Indirect Discourse. The book investigates free indirect discourse with the tools of formal semantics. This investigation can be of interest for different reasons. Readers who take part in research in formal semantics should be interested because sentences in free indirect discourse are speech reports without any verb like say or think being present. The book addresses the following questions: How can we capture their meaning? Are there words or constructions that force an indirect discourse interpretation, and how can we model this? Is the semantics of free indirect discourse compositional? But readers who are interested in literature, perspective taking and text interpretation should likewise be interested. After all, a semantic analysis provides answers to questions beyond the scope of formalism.

Keywords: formal semantics; indirect discourse interpretation; text interpretation



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