direct speech
Definition - Speech or narration in the form it was uttered.

Notes:
1. As opposed to indirect speech, which is speech or narration that has been modified to show that it is being reported by another person.

Example -

(1) "I am the walrus." (direct speech)
(2) He says he's the walrus. (indirect speech)

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation is from 1727:
"A very good historian uses the phrase Direct Speech, or harangue, when he introduces any one speaking, or haranguing of himself."
(Chambers Cycl. s.v. Direct)



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