Questioning and Answering Practices across Contexts and Cultures

| Strömstad Academy, Sweden
ISBN 9789027209153 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027259714 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book showcases innovative research about the multi-functional and dynamic interrelatedness of questioning and answering practices in institution- and culture-specific interactions ranging from under-explored to extensively researched ones: South-Korean talk shows, Japanese interviews, Chinese news interviews, police-civilian interactions in the USA, Italian interviews and courtroom examinations, Japanese parliamentary debates and Prime Minister’s Questions in the UK Parliament.

Challenging the view that questions are asked with the purpose of seeking information and eliciting answers, these studies open up new research avenues through insightful investigations and critical scrutiny that problematize the question-answer paradigm, through which meanings are conveyed, negotiated and/or contested, and through which relationships are established, maintained and/or challenged. Significant findings show that questioning and answering strategies are shaped by the specific norms and constraints of particular communities of practice, while at the same time they are shaping the very same communities of practice. This book will appeal to interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners across the linguistic, media, political, legal and social sciences.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 323]  2021.  vi, 316 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Questions we (inter)act with: Interrelatedness of questions and answers in discourse
Cornelia Ilie
Part I. Questioning and answering strategies in parliamentary discourses
Evasive answers vs. aggressive questions: Parliamentary confrontational practices in Prime Minister’s Questions
Cornelia Ilie
Japanese politicians’ questions in parliament: Being polite yet forceful?
Lidia Tanaka
Part II. Questioning and answering strategies in legal and police discourses
Pragmatic functions of question-answer sequences in Italian legal examinations and TV interviews with politicians
Augusto Gnisci
“You were resisting the whole time!” Assumption of guilt in police-civilian question-response interactions
L. Guditus Casey
Part III. Questioning and answering strategies in interview and TV-show discourses
Constructing interrupting inquiries as cooperative interactions: Question-response-hai ‘yes’ sequences in Japanese interviews
Momoko Nakamura
Formulation questions and responses in Korean TV talk show interactions
Kyu-hyun Kim and Kyung-hee Suh
Devices of alignment: Suoyi- and danshi-prefaced questions in Mandarin Chinese TV news interviews
Hua Gao
Part IV. Questioning and answering as strategies of interpersonal interaction at the public-private discourse interface
“Doing being collegial” Participants’ positioning work in Q&A sessions
Elizabeth Reddington, Ignasi Clemente, Hansun Zhang Waring and Di Yu
Question–answer sequences in Japanese first encounters: Wishing to get to know new persons vs. dispreferred behavior of asking questions
Yuka Shigemitsu
“This engaging book bears the mark of Professor Cornelia Ilie’s long-standing expertise in the analysis of questions and answers. It both enhances and sharpens our understanding of the ways in which the acts of asking and answering questions can reinforce, as well as challenge, socio-cultural discourse styles. Undoubtedly, this volume will become a benchmark for the ongoing research literature.”
“Questioning is one of the most pervasive and significant forms of social interaction in all the contexts of our social and civic lives. This volume offers a rich set of studies of language- and culture-specific questioning practices. An impressive and insightful, culturally eclectic, collection, guided by Cornelia Ilie’s immense experience and scholarship in this field.”
“How and why questioning and answering patterns vary across cultures is a perennial topic for the language sciences. This volume makes an important contribution to this task. It offers innovative explorations of a considerable range of question-answer patterns in institutional genres through empirically diverse and theoretically cutting-edge studies. A most welcome addition to the literature, opening new research avenues.”
“Why should you definitely read this book? Here is the answer: It is a compelling collection of theoretically and empirically very interesting studies that reveal how question-answer sequences work similarly/differently in various institutions across many cultures.”
Subjects & Metadata

Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021016882 | Marc record