ERIC Number: ED191317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Questions in English and Polish: Semantics and Pragmatics.
This study describes special questions (SQs) and disjunctive questions (DQs) in English and Polish. Central to the study is the interrogative mood and the illocutionary force of the question; interrogative structures without illocutionary force are excluded. "Speech Act Theory" (SAT) is used as a label for certain tendencies in the approach to linguistic analysis, since questions are taken to be speech acts. Questions are defined syntactically, semantically, pragmatically, in terms of illocutionary force, and according to felicity conditions that govern appropriateness in so-called erotetic situations. The description of SQs and DQs is focused on their semantic structure where equivalent relationships holding between English and Polish question types can be stated. Indirectly, it is also demonstrated that the type of analysis perused in this study can be successfully applied in contrastive studies. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Descriptive Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, English, Polish, Pragmatics, Semantics, Sociolinguistics
Linguistic Research, Inc., P.O. Box 5677 Station "L," Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6C 4G1 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Research, Inc., Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers: Questions; Speech Acts