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When a nod is as good as a word: form-function relationships between questions and their responses

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It is well established that syntactic form and communicative function do not always correspond: for instance, a syntactic question might function as a request for information ("did you see the play?") or a request for acknowledgement when there is no doubt about polarity of the response ("there's a tower at Blackpool, isn't there"). Using data from a corpus of 18 child-adult conversations, we distinguished adult utterances that solicited information from those soliciting acknowledgement (i.e....

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10.1017/S0142716400010249

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Applied Psycholinguistics Journal website
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19
Issue:
3
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415-432
Publication date:
1998-07-01
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1469-1817
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0142-7164
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English
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