Perspectivization and modes of quoting in Hungarian

Szilárd Tátrai, Nóra Csontos
2009 Acta Linguistica Hungarica  
This paper examines modes of quoting with special regard to the organization of perspective. Due to the pragmatic interest of the study, our focus is on the functioning of two context-dependent vantage points, the subject of consciousness and the referential centre. Our key question about the former is to whom speaking as a sign of active consciousness is attributed and how this is linguistically marked. As regards the latter, the central issue is from where and how the spatio-temporal and
more » ... o-temporal and interpersonal relations of the quoted discourse are represented. Further problems to be discussed include the questions of how and to what extent quoting is associated with pragmatic or metapragmatic awareness, and how various quoting modes may differ along this dimension. Although the paper is mostly concerned with a 'universal pragmatic' characterization of the functioning of perspective in quotations, it also highlights some language-particular features of Hungarian quoting strategies and touches on their evolution in the history of the language. 442 SZILÁRD TÁTRAI -NÓRA CSONTOS see it, has no existence independently of the utterance; rather, it is generated as the utterance unfolds by the activation of various kinds of information pertaining to the current situation, the purpose and theme of the discourse, etc. This process of contextualization is the key to attaining a suitably relevant interpretation of the utterance, i.e., one that is in accord with the circumstances and needs of communication (cf. Verschueren 1999, 75-114; Tátrai 2004) . With regard to quoting, the significance of contextualization comes from the
doi:10.1556/aling.56.2009.4.4 fatcat:gvz4y7pd2bdgxlgnbb6cfryrka