Varieties of Questions in English Conversation

Varieties of Questions in English Conversation

by Elizabeth G. Weber
     
 

This book examines relations which hold between morphosyntactic form and communicative function in discourse by examining form-function correlations of noninterrogative questions in ordinary English conversation. So-called nontypical declarative and nonclausal questions are identified functionally. The role morphosyntax plays in the production and interpretation of… See more details below

Overview

This book examines relations which hold between morphosyntactic form and communicative function in discourse by examining form-function correlations of noninterrogative questions in ordinary English conversation. So-called nontypical declarative and nonclausal questions are identified functionally. The role morphosyntax plays in the production and interpretation of these forms as doing questioning is then considered. Speakers are shown to use specific patterns of morphosyntactic marking to enable recipients to interpret noninterrogatives as functional questions. Explanations for morphosyntactic patterns found in the data are stated in terms of discourse use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556193699
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/1993
Series:
Studies in Discourse and Grammar, #3
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Problem: The Relationship between Discourse and Grammar
Ch. 2Analytical Procedures and Principles
Ch. 3Methodology
Ch. 4Declarative Questions: Morphosyntactic Patterns
Ch. 5Declarative Questions: Function
Ch. 6Nonclausal Questions: Morphosyntactic Patterns
Ch. 7Nonclausal Questions: Function
Ch. 8The Many-to-Many Relations of Lexical and Morphosyntactic Markers of Question Function
Ch. 9Conclusions
Notes
Appendix
References
Index

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