Varieties of Questions in English Conversation

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 252 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

The Relationship between Discourse and Grammar
1
Chapter 2 Analytical Procedures and Principles
19
Chapter 3 Methodology
39
Morphosyntactic Patterns
57
Function
91
Morphosyntactic Patterns
123
Function
151
Chapter 8 The ManytoMany Relations of Lexical and Morphosyntactic Markers of Question Function
191
Chapter 9 Conclusions
211
Notes
223
Appendix
227
References
231
Index
243
The series Studies in Discourse and Grammar
253
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