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Veneeta Dayal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199281268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.001.0001

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Introducing questions and answers

Introducing questions and answers

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(p.1) 1 Introducing questions and answers
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Questions
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Veneeta Dayal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281268.003.0001

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 questions, drawing out the relationship between questions and answers. It walks the reader through the steps involved in interpreting questions, showing how interrogative structures can denote a set of possible answers and showing basic differences between yes/no questions, constituent questions with one wh expression and constituent questions with two wh expressions. Differences between direct and indirect answers and between partial and complete answers are touched upon. The chapter also addresses the significance of syntactic scope for wh expressions in semantic accounts and clarifies the extent to which this study engages with syntactic theory. The chapter ends with a roadmap to the rest of the book.

Keywords:   questions, answers, possible answers, direct answers, indirect answers, yes/no questions, constituent questions, wh scope

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