Beyond Rhetorical Questions: Assertive Questions in Everyday Interaction
This book uses Conversation Analysis methodology to analyze rhetorical and other questions that are designed to convey assertions, rather than seek new information. It shows how these question sequences unfold interactionally in naturally-occurring talk in a variety of settings, e.g., friends arguing over the phone, parents disciplining children, news interviews, and second language writing conferences. The questions are used across these widely different contexts to perform a number of related social actions such as accusations, challenges to prior turns, and complaints. Those used in institution settings, such as teacher-student conferences, orient to institutional norms and roles and can help accomplish institutional goals, e.g., eliciting student error correction. Both the interactional context in which these questions are embedded and the known epistemic authority of the questioner play a role in our understanding of these questions, i.e., what social actions the question is accomplishing in a particular interaction.
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Beyond Rhetorical Questions: Assertive questions in everyday interaction
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accusation Adolf Hitler aligning alternate hearings alternative question error alternative question repair anaphorically asking assertion conveyed backdown background broadcast news interviewers candidate correction candidate hearing Chapter claim context contrastive stress Conversation Analysis criticism Debbie Debbie's disagreement Discourse display elicit epistemic stance essay example eyegaze on text Fanshel Gaulle heard implied information-seeking questions initiates repair interaction Language negative assertion negative polarity items non-present parties orientation paper paragraph pedagogical performance pond hockey portion of student portion of text pre-disagreements preference structure prior talk prior turn prior utterance problem problematic provides ques question error corrections recipient relevant repair initiation repeating RPQ challenges RPQ sequences Schegloff 1995b SD's second alternative self-correction sequential Shel Shelley similar speaker ST's student text suggests targets a trouble TC's teacher tion trouble source understanding upward intonation verb verb phrases wh-question challenges yeah yes/no questions yes/no RPQs Zaleznik