par De Brabanter, Philippe
Référence Journal of linguistics, 59, 1, page (1-22)
Publication Publié, 2023-02-01
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : This paper addresses a serious challenge to some recent semantic accounts of quotation: the existence of ‘non-constituent HYBRID quotations’, as in "Vera said she was ‘very happy and incredibly relieved’ by the supreme court’s decision". These pose a threat to theories that have to make the assumption that hybrid quotations must be co-extensive with syntactic constituents. Responses to the challenge have been proposed, first a QUOTE-BREAKING procedure, and subsequently UNQUOTATION. I argue that these responses fall short of providing empirically satisfactory accounts of the phenomena. Other theories of quotation are not under threat of non-constituent hybrid quotations. I single out a particular family of theories, DEPICTION theories, which have the added advantage of doing justice to the core mechanisms at the heart of quoting.