Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Quoting Sounds

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 455):
While minor clauses can be quoted, they cannot be reported; that is, the quoting clause nexus He said “Ah!” has no reporting agnate.  Similarly, while non-linguistic sounds can be quoted (often with go as the Process, as in she went (sound of a sigh)), they cannot be reported.