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Bibil Identifier bibil:207443
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Is That Your Voice, My Son David?" Conducive Questions in Biblical Hebrew
Author Moshavi, Adina
Journal Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (Volume: 36, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 65-81 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The question is a complex phenomenon which can be analysed on several linguistic levels. Although the prototypical question functions pragmatically as a request for information, many questions cannot be simply characterised in this way. The rhetorical question, for example, functions as an assertion on the pragmatic level. A less well-known question type is the conducive question, which is a question that expects a particular answer. This study investigates syntactic and pragmatic aspects of the conducive question in Genesis through Kings. It is shown that conducive questions play important and varied roles in conversation in the Bible. While the polarity of the answer to a rhetorical question is always the reverse of that of the question, the polarity of the expected answer to the conducive question is dependent on the function of the question in discourse.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Rhetorical Question
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Syntax
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