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ERIC Number: ED138116
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Pages: 327
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Questions and Answers in Mohawk Conversation.
Feurer, Hanny
This dissertation surveys question-answer patterns in Mohawk conversation. After discussing some theoretical issues, a morpho-syntactic description of questions is presented and the description is expanded to the level of discourse. Although the approach followed is modelled on generative semantics, it departs from it in significant ways, in order to account for the discourse behaviour of questions. Topics treated within the discourse are the performative, discourse deixes, presuppositions, and focus. Application of these elements results in an overview of question types and of answer patterns observed in Mohawk. The study concludes with a sociolinguistic study of question functions, comparing them in everyday and classroom conversations. The aim of the study is to contribute some knowledge on Mohawk within a relatively unexplored domain, that of the conversation. In narrowing its scope to question-answer sequences, the study illustrates how linguistic elements are correlated to extralinguistic components, e.g. sociolinguistic functions, in verbal interaction. (Author/CLK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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