In CAGIU, we read:
"We can use the present simple in phrases such as It says here, I hear, I gather, I see, I understand and They say, (Someone) says, (Someone) tells me to introduce news that we have heard, read, seen (e.g. on television), or been told."
Then, it provides the following example which made me ask this question:
"Professor Hendricks is at the conference and I hear she's an excellent speaker."
If I saw that sentence somewhere else, I would understood it as below:
- I am at the conference and I hear people saying she's an excellent speaker.
Would you please shed some light on this sentence?