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Title: Questions
Subtitle: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives
Edited By: Jan De Ruiter
Series Title: Language Culture and Cognition

The view that questions are 'requests for missing information' is too simple when language use is considered. Formally, utterances are questions when they are syntactically marked as such, or by prosodic marking. Functionally, questions request that certain information is made available in the next conversational turn. But functional and formal questionhood are independent: what is formally a question can be functionally something else, for instance, a statement, a complaint or a request. Conversely, what is functionally a question is often expressed as a statement. Also, verbal signals such as eye-gaze, head-nods or even practical actions can serve information-seeking functions that are very similar to the function of linguistic questions. With original cross-cultural and multidisciplinary contributions from linguists, anthropologists, psychologists and conversation analysts, this book asks what questions do and how a question can shape the answer it evokes. Table of Contents 1. Introduction: questions are what they do Jan P. de Ruiter Part I. Questions: Interplay between Form and Function: 2. Interrogative intimations: on a possible social economics of interrogatives Stephen C. Levinson 3. Structures and questions in decision-making dialogues Jerry R. Hobbs 4. Mobilising response in interaction: a compositional view of questions Tanya Stivers and Frederico Rossano 5. Wordless questions, wordless answers Herbert H. Clark Part II. The Structure and Prosody of Questions: 6. Formal features of questions Jerry Sadock 7. Some truths and untruths about final intonation in conversational questions Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen 8. Shaping the intonation of WH-questions: information structure and beyond Aoju Chen Part III. Questions and Stance: 9. Beyond answers: questions and children's learning Stanka A. Fitneva 10. Navigating epistemic landscapes: acquiescence, agency and resistance in responses to polar questions John Heritage and Geoffrey Raymond 11. Epistemic dimensions of polar questions: sentence-final particles in comparative perspective N. J. Enfield, Penelope Brown and Jan P. de Ruiter 12. Multi-functionality of interrogatives: asking reasons for and wondering about an action as overdone Mia Halonen and Marja-Leena Sorjonen.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780521762670
Pages: 268
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