By Robert Fiengo

ISBN-10: 0199208417

ISBN-13: 9780199208418

Asking Questions examines a imperative phenomenon of language -- using sentences to invite questions. even supposing there's a great 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 diversity of phenomena we pretheoretically consider as asking questions. Robert Fiengo not just does this, but in addition takes up a few extra foundational concerns within the concept of language.

By positioning the findings of latest grammatical theorizing in the higher 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 includes a important dialogue of the type-token contrast and the way use of language compares with use of alternative 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 may well practice whilst asking them.

Asking Questions advances our realizing of a variety of matters 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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