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Books: Questions: De Ruiter (Ed)

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Subject: Questions: De Ruiter (Ed)
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Title: QuestionsSubtitle: Formal, Functional and Interactional PerspectivesSeries Title: Language Culture and Cognition

Publication Year: 2012Publisher: 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 simplewhen language use is considered. Formally, utterances are questions when theyare syntactically marked as such, or by prosodic marking. Functionally,questions request that certain information is made available in the nextconversational 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 aquestion is often expressed as a statement. Also, verbal signals such aseye-gaze, head-nods or even practical actions can serve information-seekingfunctions that are very similar to the function of linguistic questions. Withoriginal cross-cultural and multidisciplinary contributions from linguists,anthropologists, psychologists and conversation analysts, this book asks whatquestions 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 interrogativesStephen C. Levinson3. Structures and questions in decision-making dialogues Jerry R. Hobbs4. Mobilising response in interaction: a compositional view of questions TanyaStivers and Frederico Rossano5. Wordless questions, wordless answers Herbert H. Clark

Part II. The Structure and Prosody of Questions:6. Formal features of questions Jerry Sadock7. Some truths and untruths about final intonation in conversational questionsElizabeth Couper-Kuhlen8. Shaping the intonation of WH-questions: information structure and beyondAoju Chen

Part III. Questions and Stance:9. Beyond answers: questions and children's learning Stanka A. Fitneva10. Navigating epistemic landscapes: acquiescence, agency and resistance inresponses to polar questions John Heritage and Geoffrey Raymond11. Epistemic dimensions of polar questions: sentence-final particles incomparative perspective N. J. Enfield, Penelope Brown and Jan P. de Ruiter12. Multi-functionality of interrogatives: asking reasons for and wonderingabout an action as overdone Mia Halonen and Marja-Leena Sorjonen.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis Phonology Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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