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What is source as a participant role?



Source is the participant role of the referent from whom a message ultimately comes, especially in the case in which the referent is distinct from the speaker.

Example (English)
  • The steward relayed the pilot’s instruction: “You are to fasten your seat belts now.”
  • Source:

    Levinson 1983 72

  • Generic
      Source is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 68–69, 72–73


    Longacre 1983 161

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