Panel 3. Non-canonical interrogatives across languages: prosody, semantics, pragmatics (ENG)
Organizers: Heete Sahkai, (Institute of the Estonian Language) firstname.lastname@example.org; Anu Treikelder, (University of Tartu), email@example.com; Eva Liina Asu, (University of Tartu), firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop aims at exploring properties of non-canonical interrogatives in different languages. By non-canonical interrogatives we mean interrogative sentences that are not purely information seeking: rhetorical questions, exclamatory interrogatives, surprise questions, interrogative requests etc. The study of non-canonical questions has only recently gained wider attention from a variety of linguistic and methodological perspectives (e.g. Braun et al. 2019, Farkas 2020, Brunetti et al. 2021, Celle et al. 2021, Celle & Pélissier 2021, Hinterhöltzl & Munaro 2021, Trotzke & Czypionka in press). This research has, however, barely scratched the surface of this multifaceted topic.
The workshop will focus on the phonetic, grammatical, lexical, semantic and pragmatic features of non-canonical interrogatives and the interaction of these features. We invite experimental, corpus-based and qualitative studies on the following and other related topics: - formal properties of non-canonical interrogatives, including phonological and phonetic characteristics (e.g. pitch), lexical markers (e.g. particles), grammatical markers (e.g. modality), information structure, syntactic irregularities - types and comparison of non-canonical interrogatives in different languages and contexts - speech acts conveyed by non-canonical interrogatives - the relationship of speech act and sentence type - role of prosody in expressing indirect speech acts - non-canonical interrogatives and expressivity - theoretical approaches to non-canonical interrogatives
The workshop is organised in the framework of the project EKKD10 "The prosody and information structure of surprise questions in Estonian in comparison with other languages”, the French-Estonian cooperation programme G. F. Parrot project “Surprise Questions from a Comparative Perspective”, and the Centre for Excellence in Estonian Studies.
For more information please contact: Heete Sahkai (email@example.com), Anu Treikelder (firstname.lastname@example.org), Eva Liina Asu (email@example.com)
Braun, Bettina, Nicole Dehé, Jana Neitsch, Daniela Wochner & Katharina Zahner. 2019. The Prosody of Rhetorical and Information-Seeking Questions in German. Language and Speech 62(4), 779–807. https://doi.org/10.1177/0023830918816351.
Brunetti, Lisa, Hiyon Yoo, Lucia Tovena, Rachel Albar. 2021. French reason-comment ('how') questions: A view from prosody. In Andreas Trotzke & Xavier Villalba (eds.), Expressive meaning across linguistic levels and frameworks. New York: Oxford University Press.
Celle, Agnès, Anne Jugnet & Laure Lansari. 2021. Expressive questions in English and French. What the hell versus Mais qu’est-ce que. In Andreas Trotzke & Xavier Villalba (eds.), Expressive meaning across linguistic levels and frameworks. New York: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/oso/978019887217.003.0008.
Celle, Agnès & Maud Pélissier. 2021. Surprise questions in spoken French. Linguistics Vanguard. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03133878.
Farkas, Donka F. 2020. Canonical and non-canonical questions. https://semanticsarchive.net/Archive/WU2ZjIwM/questions.pdf.
Hinterhölzl, Roland & Nicola Munaro. 2021. On the illocutionary force of exclamatives and non-canonical questions in German and Italian. In Andreas Trotzke & Xavier Villalba (eds.), Expressive meaning across linguistic levels and frameworks. New York: Oxford University Press.
Trotzke, Andreas & Anna Czypionka. in press. Non-canonical questions from a comparative perspective: Introduction to the special issue. Linguistics Vanguard. https://ling.sprachwiss.uni-konstanz.de/pages/home/trotzke/download/trotzkeczypionka_2021b.pdf.