Asking Questions: Using meaningful structures to imply by Robert Fiengo

By Robert Fiengo

Asking Questions examines a critical phenomenon of language -- using sentences to invite questions. even if there's a tremendous 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 complete variety of phenomena we pretheoretically examine as asking questions. Robert Fiengo not just does this, but in addition takes up a few extra foundational concerns within the conception of language.By positioning the findings of latest grammatical theorizing in the greater 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 necessary 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 while asking them.Asking Questions advances our realizing of quite a lot of matters in a few vital respects. students and scholars of linguistics and philosophy will locate lots to curiosity them during this pioneering paintings.

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Even, in the second case, if I read it in English and you read its translation in Russian, it would still be commonly said that we read the same book. ) So there are circumstances in which, when speakers use the word ‘same’, they might either mean to reintroduce the same item or to say of an item that it belongs ² See also Fiengo 2003. 24 The Instrumental Model to the same type as another item does. I will call that the ‘same-token/tokens-ofthe-same-type’ distinction. And the criteria for type-membership—for books at least—span translation.

For the fact remains that there is my English now and your English now and, if they are sufficiently alike, we can understand each other. And that’s about it. But if this is the truth, and all of it, there is something further about sentence-types that makes them different from tools such as hammers and saws, which, as I noted above, are tools that can be passed from one user to another. ⁴ We need not say that there is a tool box of sentence-types apart from us that you and I can equally reach into so as to choose our tools.

I first distinguish ‘what’ from ‘which’ semantically, developing an analysis from wider distinctions that separate quantifiers. That allows me to situate ‘who’ correctly. That done, I move from the simple cases, to consider multiple whquestions, both those including multiple occurrences of ‘who’ and those including multiple occurrences of ‘which’. This is a vast area, and the interactions between syntax and speech-act theory are extremely complex. There is much that I will leave untouched, including much of interest concerning adjunct-questions, such as why-questions, where-questions, when-questions, and the like.

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