Children’s Ideas about the Form and Function of Questions

  • Anne Sinclair


Everybody knows what a question is. Linguists, psycholinguists, logicians, as well as laymen hold the same definition of ‘questions’, though the professional definition may of course be more rigorous, more complete, more coherent. We conceive of questions as being written or verbal sequences that have certain grammatical properties; they belong to the class of utterances called ‘interrogatives’. For example, Belnap and Steel (1976, p. 201) in the index to their book The Logic of Questions and Answers say “to avoid needless repetition, we assume an automatic crossreference from ‘interrogative’ to ‘question’” 1.


Interrogative Form Child Language Illocutionary Force Implicit Definition Indirect Question 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Sinclair
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GenevaGenève 4Switzerland

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