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James Worlton scripsit:

> Some of you may be interested in the topic at the University of North
> Texas' Linguistics Colloquium (which I unfortunately can't attend). I
> don't think the usage is as frequent in US english, but it certainly
> exists--and I find myself (age 33) doing it sometimes as well *gasp*:

Frequent!?  My daughter (age 17) hardly knows any other form of indirect
discourse, at least in speech.

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