Sunday, 17 March 2013

Verbal Quoting Clauses: General Verbs


Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 448):
In addition [to say], we find the verb go used in quoting clauses.  This verb is also used to project representations of non-linguistic semiosis, as in the tyres went [sound of screeching].  A recent addition to quoting verbs in casual speech is be like; for example, I was like ‘Are you in the right show?