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  • n. Form of the complementizer related to the verb say, found in many languages of West Africa and South Asia.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Quoting; of the nature of quotation; noting quotation.


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  • By the use of quotative allusion the lyric attempts to borrow some of the emotive spark of cumming's poem, providing a kind of "link button" into a different but complementary space.

    Fractures of Unfamiliarity

  • This quotative is particularly useful because it does not require the quote to be of actual speech (as 'she said' would, for instance).

    Harper's Magazine


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  • verbum dicendi:

    A verbum dicendi (Latin for declaratory word, which is also used) is a word that expresses speech, introduces a quotation, or marks a transition to speech which may be considered non-standard.

    In the field of linguistics, a verbum dicendi is also known as a quotative. Typically it is a verb, e.g. "say", "avow", "claim", etc. In some languages it may take the form of a copulative particle, as in the colloquial English He was like "Turn down the music!", and I'm all "No way!".

    (from Wikipedia)

    June 6, 2008