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Biased questions, intonation, and discourse *

Brian Reese and Nicholas Asher

in Information Structure: Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199570959
eISBN:
9780191721786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570959.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In chapter 7 ‘Biased questions, intonation, and discourse’, Brian Reese and Nicholas Asher explore how the intonation contributes to what is said through an examination of a particular sentence type, ... More


Focus and alternatives

Veneeta Dayal

in Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199281268
eISBN:
9780191757396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter discusses the connection between question formation and focus strategies. Two versions of focus semantics for questions are considered. One seeks to explain the variable quantificational ... More


Embedded questions

Veneeta Dayal

in Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199281268
eISBN:
9780191757396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter investigates issues specific to indirect questions. They are separated from morpho-syntactically similar free clauses and exclamatives, as well as from noun phrases with question-like ... More


Non-canonical questions

Veneeta Dayal

in Questions

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780199281268
eISBN:
9780191757396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This final chapter deals with non-canonical questions, questions that elicit information but also have at least one of the following properties: (i) they convey a bias on the part of the speaker ... More


Questions

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen

in Inquisitive Semantics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198814788
eISBN:
9780191852473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814788.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

Chapter 5 discusses how the meaning of various types of questions in English can be captured in the basic inquisitive semantics framework presented in the previous chapters. Several kinds of ... More


Disjunction, clause typing, and intonation

Ivano Ciardelli, Jeroen Groenendijk, and Floris Roelofsen

in Inquisitive Semantics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198814788
eISBN:
9780191852473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198814788.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter examines how disjunction interacts with clause typing (declarative versus interrogative) and intonation (intonational phrase structure and final pitch contours) in determining the ... More


Intonation

Laura J. Downing and Al Mtenje

in The Phonology of Chichewa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780198724742
eISBN:
9780191792281
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198724742.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Language Families

Intonation in African languages remains an especially understudied topic of investigation. Chichewa is, then, rather exceptional, as there exist both purely impressionistic studies of intonation for ... More


The Comparability of Social Actions Across Languages

Jörg Zinken

in Requesting Responsibility: The Morality of Grammar in Polish and English Family Interaction

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780190210724
eISBN:
9780190210748
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190210724.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter examines the comparability of action across languages. There are grammatical forms that receive the same label in English and in Polish, such as imperative or polar question. But this ... More


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