Definition of direct discourse in English:

direct discourse


mainly North American
another term for direct speech
‘The direct discourse of the novel's black speech community and the initial standard English of the narrator come together to form a third term, a truly double-voiced narrative mode.’
  • ‘From this point on, Bontemps does not return to a communal free direct discourse, but instead intersperses individual interior monologues with direct narration and direct discourse.’
  • ‘Verse 11 is a narrative reference to the angel standing on the right side of the altar of incense; v 19 is direct discourse in which the angel identifies himself as Gabriel, the one who stands in the presence of God.’
  • ‘Simon combines direct discourse, indirect discourse, stream-of-consciousness and even quotation from accounting ledgers ‘whose very insignificance, indeed pettiness… give them a sort of strange grandeur and majesty.’’
  • ‘The rule of preserving in indirect discourse the same tense that would be used in direct discourse was introduced into Esperanto by its creator Dr. Zamenhof.’


direct discourse

/dəˈrekt/ /dəˈrɛkt/ /dīˈrekt disˈkôrs/ /daɪˈrɛkt dɪsˈkɔrs/