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Rhetorical questions or rhetorical uses of questions?
Rhetorical questions or rhetorical uses of questions?

Author(s): Džemal Špago
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Semantics, Pragmatics
Published by: Filozofski fakultet Univerziteta u Tuzli
Keywords: rhetorical question; indicators of rhetorical questions; polarity items; semantic incompatibility;

Summary/Abstract: This paper aims to explore whether some rhetorical questions contain certain linguistic elements or forms which would differentiate them from answer-eliciting and action-eliciting questions, and thereby hint at their rhetorical nature even outside the context. Namely, despite the fact that the same questions can be rhetorical in one context, and answer-eliciting in another, some of them are more likely to be associated with rhetorical or non-rhetorical use. The analysis is based on extensive data (over 1200 examples of rhetorical questions taken from 30 plays by two British and two American writers), and the results are expected to give an insight into whether we can talk about rhetorical questions or just a rhetorical use of questions.

  • Issue Year: 4/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 102-115
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English