quotative

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

quotative ‎(plural quotatives)

  1. (grammar) A grammatical device to mark quoted speech, such as be like in "he was like, 'who are you?'".
  2. (linguistics) A form of the complementizer related to the verb say, found in many languages of West Africa and South Asia.

Adjective[edit]

quotative ‎(not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Serving to mark quoted speech.

Derived terms[edit]