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Toward a formalisation of speech-act functions of questions in conversation

  title={Toward a formalisation of speech-act functions of questions in conversation},
  author={Marina Terkourafi and Aline Villavicencio},
In this paper we address the relationship between questions as grammatical and semantic entities and questions as pragmatic entities, arguing that a contextually-conditioned association holds between the former, as interrogative formulae, and the latter, as particular types of speech acts (namely offers and requests). This argument is supported by evidence from a corpus of spontaneous Cypriot Greek exchanges. This is an important observation which may lead to a gain in both speed and… 
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