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Thu Apr 22 2004

Diss: Pragmatics: He: 'A Pragmatic...'

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  1. hegman2, A Pragmatic Interpretation of Questioning

Message 1: A Pragmatic Interpretation of Questioning

Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 20:17:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: hegman2 <>
Subject: A Pragmatic Interpretation of Questioning

Institution: Shanghai International Studies University
Program: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 1995

Author: Gang He 

Dissertation Title: A Pragmatic Interpretation of Questioning

Linguistic Field: Pragmatics 

Dissertation Director 1: Dechun Wang

Dissertation Abstract 

A pragmatic interpretation of questioning is intended for a discussion
of the speech act of questioning (Q-ing)in a pragmatic
(context-dependent ) fashion. By 'pragmatic' ,the author means
something practical and broader than the Levinsonian model. What the
author is interested in , inlike most orthodox pragmaticians, is the
subjective factors affecting utterance constructing processes. Part
One is an examination of the micro-structure of a typical Q-ing
utterance( which is a supro-sentential functional entity). Part Two
examines the informational properties of Q-ing, based on the theory of
relevance,with intention-procedure duality.Part Three examines the
interpersonal functions of questioning. Six chapters are devoted to
the discussion. The whole paper is written in Chinese, with English
and Chinese examples to illustrate my views.
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