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Aronsson, Karin. 2018. Negative interrogatives and adversarial uptake: Building hostility in child custody examinations. Journal of Pragmatics 136 : 39–53.
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This paper exposes the adversarial role of negative interrogatives in courtroom talk. Negative interrogatives excessively turn up during the cross-examination phase. The litigants' uptake marked extended accounts beyond projected yes-/no- responses. Litigants' metapragmatic comments were handled as social order offenses. Excessive case formulations and ironic rhetorical talk formed parts of hostile uptake.