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LINGUIST List 23.5106

Thu Dec 06 2012

Books: Questions: De Ruiter (Ed)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 29-Nov-2012
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: Questions: De Ruiter (Ed)
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Title: Questions
Subtitle: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives
Series Title: Language Culture and Cognition

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Jan De Ruiter

Hardback: ISBN: 9780521762670 Pages: 268 Price: U.S. $ 99.00


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.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng)

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