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On direct speech and referential perspective in birchbark letters no. 5 from Tver’ and no. 286 from Novgorod

Russian Linguistics. 2011. № 35. С. 13-32.
Гиппиус А. А., Schaeken J.

The article analyses within a pragmaphilological framework the communicative function and linguistic form of birchbark letters no. 5 from Tver’ (Tv5) and no. 286 (N286) from Novgorod. In the case of Tv5, we propose that the letter can best be understood if we assume two instances of direct speech without any markers of reportedness. With regard to N286, we will argue that what seems to be another case of direct speech lacking an introductory verbal tag should in fact be interpreted as an instance of the necessitive use of the imperative.