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This chapter overcomes the semantic limitation to German free indirect thought and takes a careful look at German indirect speech in the Konjunktiv mood (conjunctive, subjunctive mood). The analysis of the Konjunktiv and its relation to internal contexts extend the coverage of the German fragment more or less to the full range of English free indirect discourse. The chapter restricts attention to indirect speech in literary texts, given that indirect speech reports in oral communication exhibit a more flexible use of indexicals. It takes up ideas from Schlenker (2004) and extends the present theory to narratives in the historical present. While this extension is fairly straight forward, the chapter offers the basis for investigating free indirect discourse in narratives in the historical present.

Keywords: English free indirect discourse; German indirect speech; indexicals; Konjunktiv mood; literary texts; Schlenker; semantic limitation

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