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Argument Topics and Yes-No Questions

Enoch Oladé Aboh

in The Morphosyntax of Complement-Head Sequences: Clause Structure and Word Order Patterns in Kwa

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195159905
eISBN:
9780199788125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195159905.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter extends the analysis proposed in Chapter 7 to Gungbe topic constructions and yes-no questions. It is argued that the sentence-final low tone is the reflex of a ‘quasi-null’ morpheme that ... More


Open Questions, Confirmation Questions, and how to Choose which Sentence-type to Use when Asking them

Robert Fiengo

in Asking Questions: Using meaningful structures to imply ignorance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208418
eISBN:
9780191695735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208418.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

This chapter investigates the speciation of the questioning speech-acts, placing open questions and confirmation questions in opposition. Parallel to this opposition within the class of speech-acts, ... More


Interrogatives in Ban Khor Sign Language: A Preliminary Description

Angela M. Nonaka

in Deaf around the World: The Impact of Language

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199732548
eISBN:
9780199866359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732548.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Applied Linguistics and Pedagogy

This chapter looks at question formation in a sign language isolate in Thailand that until recently was undocumented and undescribed. Interrogatives are found in every language, but like other ... More


Enter Dialogue: Questions in Sophocles and Euripides

Helma Dik

in Word Order in Greek Tragic Dialogue

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199279296
eISBN:
9780191706905
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279296.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter argues that in both Sophocles and Euripides, questions show a distribution of pragmatically marked information over the clause that is compatible with a Topic-Focus-verb pattern. The ... More


The Syntax of Yes and No

Anders Holmberg

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198701859
eISBN:
9780191771590
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701859.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

This is a study of the syntax of yes–no questions and answers to them in the languages of the world. Even very short answers like ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are claimed to be complete sentences. A typical answer ... More


Introduction

Anders Holmberg

in The Syntax of Yes and No

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198701859
eISBN:
9780191771590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701859.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

Even very short answers to yes–no questions like ‘yes’ and ‘no’ are full sentences, derived by ellipsis. They are a species of fragment answers. There are basically two types of answers, yes–no ... More


Arguments for Long Distance Movement in Long Distance Questions in Child Language

Hamida Demirdache

in Diagnosing Syntax

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199602490
eISBN:
9780191757297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602490.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines the diagnostics put forth for long movement in long distance questions in child language. It discusses diagnostics from comprehension studies and elicited production studies. ... More


Language change across the lifespan

Meisel Jurgen M., Elsig Martin, and Rinke Esther

in Language Acquisition and Change: A Morphosyntactic Perspective

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780748642250
eISBN:
9780748695157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642250.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter explores the predictive similarities between UG-based and variationist approaches concerning phenomena of language change, in particular the observation that both core grammatical ... More


Sundry particles

Gerjan van Schaaik

in The Oxford Turkish Grammar

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198851509
eISBN:
9780191886102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198851509.003.0026
Subject:
Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Syntax and Morphology

Particles belong to the class of so-called function words; in contrast to content words such as green or house, which immediately evoke some image, the meaning of a particle becomes clear only as ... More


Introducing questions and answers

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/9780199281268.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Theoretical Linguistics

This chapter identifies the domain of inquiry undertaken in this survey, highlighting the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic aspects of questions. It gives an introduction to the semantics of ... More


The Syntax of the Finnish Question Particle

Anders Holmberg

in Functional Structure from Top to Toe: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 9

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199740390
eISBN:
9780199378548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740390.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Semantics and Pragmatics

Finnish forms yes-no questions by adjoining the enclitic particle -ko to the first constituent in the sentence. If the question narrowly focuses on some constituent in the sentence, that constituent ... More


The wh-system of early Germanic

George Walkden

in Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780198712299
eISBN:
9780191780837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712299.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter capitalizes on the intuition that syntactic reconstruction is lexical reconstruction in order to reconstruct aspects of the early Germanic wh-system. This chapter gives an overview and ... More


Offering a Candidate Answer: An Information Seeking Strategy

Anita Pomerantz

in Asking and Telling in Conversation

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780190927431
eISBN:
9780197522875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190927431.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Candidate answer queries (also referred to as polar or yes-no questions) are used massively in conversational interaction. Although such queries seem simple and straightforward, analysis reveals ... More


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