Effect of partial quotation and transparent free relatives on perspective shift


Perspective shift allows speakers to utter content they may not fully endorse. We explore the interpretation of perspective shifting expressions with a study on Transparent Free Relatives (Allen poured [what (is called/he calls) a beergarita]) and orthographic Partial Quotation (Allen poured a ‘beergarita’) in a Speaker/Listener production-perception experiment. While PQ and TFRs with explicit subjects (what he calls) licensed shifted interpretations for the Speaker, only TFRs without explicit subjects licensed shifted interpretations for the Listener. We propose that PQ provides a less robust cue for perspective shift, even when the speaker attempts to prosodically mark it as non-speaker oriented.

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