Reče: The emergence of a quotative verb in Macedonian

In this paper we argue that the verb reče ‘say.PFV.PRES.3SG’ in Macedonian (South Slavic) is grammaticalizing into a quotative marker, i.e., a particle that signals reported speech. This quotative shows up in narratives in informal settings.

There’s a(nother) quotative on the rise in Macedonian

This paper shows that the speech verb reče ‘says’ in Macedonian is in the initial stages of grammaticalization towards a quotative marker. Morphologically, syntactically and phonetically reče shows properties of a quotative clitic. First, because …