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By Robert Fiengo

Asking Questions examines a crucial phenomenon of language -- using sentences to invite questions. even supposing there's a big 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 complete variety of phenomena we pretheoretically ponder as asking questions. Robert Fiengo not just does this, but additionally takes up a few extra foundational concerns within the thought 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 features 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 comprehend to invite them, and what speech acts one may possibly practice whilst asking them.

Asking Questions advances our realizing of a variety of matters in a couple of very important respects. students and scholars of linguistics and philosophy will locate lots to curiosity them during this pioneering work.

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