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By Robert Fiengo

Asking Questions examines a primary phenomenon of language -- using sentences to invite questions. even though there's a large literature at the syntax and semantics of interrogatives, the common sense of "questions", and the speech act of wondering, not anyone has attempted to place the syntax and semantics including the speech acts over the entire variety of phenomena we pretheoretically reflect on as asking questions. Robert Fiengo not just does this, but additionally takes up a few extra foundational matters within the idea 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 about the philosophy of language, Asking Questions includes a invaluable 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 recognize to invite them, and what speech acts one may possibly practice whilst asking them.

Asking Questions advances our realizing 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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