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|Subject:||Inflection and Questioning|
|Question:||What languages do not use vocal inflection to imply a question? I am an ELL teacher and have 22 different languages in my school. East African dialects are common and I wondered if they use inflection to imply they are asking a question? Koren? Vietnamese? Arabic? Tigrina? Omro? Where can I find this out? I can not find any real information on this topic. Thanks, Deanna|
|Reply:||This book, _Intonation Systems: A Survey of Twenty Languages_, gives an overview of intonation patterns and uses in languages from different language families. It surveys statements, questions and other linguistic structures. Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item1139611/?site_locale=en_US Madalena|
|Reply From:||Madalena Cruz-Ferreira click here to access email|