Varieties of Questions in English Conversation (Studies in Discourse and Grammar 3)

Varieties of Questions in English Conversation (Studies in Discourse and Grammar 3)

By: Elizabeth G. Weber (author)Hardback

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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.


1. Preface; 2. 1. The Problem: The Relationship between Discourse and Grammar; 3. 2. Analitycal Procedures and Principles; 4. 3. Methodology; 5. 4. Declarative Questions: Morphosyntactic Patterns; 6. 5. Declarative Questions: Function; 7. 6. Nonclausel Questions: Morphosyntactic Patterns; 8. 7. Nonclausal Questions: Function; 9. 8. The Many-to-Many Relations of Lexical and Morphosyntactic Markers of Question Function; 10. 9. Conclusion; 11. Notes; 12. Appendix; 13. References; 14. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027226136
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9789027226136
  • weight: 650
  • ISBN10: 902722613X

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