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Asking Questions: Using meaningful structures to imply ignorance

Robert Fiengo


This book examines a central phenomenon of language — the use of sentences to ask questions. Although there is a sizable literature on the syntax and semantics of interrogatives, the logic of ‘questions’, and the speech act of questioning, no one has tried to put the syntax and semantics together with the speech acts over the full range of phenomena we pretheoretically think of as asking questions. This book attempts to do this, and it also takes up some more foundational issues in the theory of language. By positioning the findings of contemporary grammatical theorizing within the larger doma ... More

Keywords: sentences, questions, interrogatives, questioning, theory of language, grammatical form, grammarian, type-token distinction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199208418
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208418.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Fiengo, author
City University of New York