Asking Questions: Using meaningful structures to imply by Robert Fiengo PDF

By Robert Fiengo

ISBN-10: 0199208417

ISBN-13: 9780199208418

Asking Questions examines a primary phenomenon of language -- using sentences to invite questions. even supposing there's a widespread literature at the syntax and semantics of interrogatives, the good judgment of "questions", and the speech act of wondering, not anyone has attempted to place the syntax and semantics including the speech acts over the total variety of phenomena we pretheoretically examine as asking questions. Robert Fiengo not just does this, but additionally takes up a few extra foundational concerns within the conception of language.

By positioning the findings of up to date grammatical theorizing in the better area of language use, Fiengo demanding situations the use theorist to recognize the significance of grammatical shape and the grammarian to recognize the significance of use. as well as constructing an Austinian contrast among 4 wondering speech-acts, and an offer in regards to the philosophy of language, Asking Questions encompasses a helpful dialogue of the type-token contrast and the way use of language compares with use of different issues. Fiengo additionally considers the character of a number of questions, revealing what one needs to understand to invite them, and what speech acts one could practice while asking them.

Asking Questions advances our figuring out of quite a lot of concerns in a few vital respects. students and scholars of linguistics and philosophy will locate lots to curiosity them during this pioneering work.

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