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Interrogating Tears: Some Uses of “Tag Questions” in a Child‐Protection Helpline

Alexa Hepburn and Jonathan Potter

in Why Do You Ask?: The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195306897
eISBN:
9780199867943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306897.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter, written by Alexa Hepburn and Jonathan Potter, examines the use of tag questions by child protection officers (CPOs) in calls to a child abuse hotline. Hepburn and Potter find that tag ... More


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