Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 33, Issue 5, pp 417–443 | Cite as

The character of quotation

  • Chung-chieh Shan
Research Article


This paper presents syntactic and semantic rules for a fragment of English with mixed quotation. The fragment shows that quotation has a recursive and compositional structure. Quoted expressions turn out to denote characters, so the semantics of quotation simulates the pragmatics of speech, including dependence on utterance contexts and reference to mental entities. The analysis also accommodates varieties of unquotation, pure quotation, and causal reference.


Mixed quotation Compositional semantics Utterance context Monads Type-lifting 


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  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

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