Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 355-375

First online:

Questions and question asking in verbal discourse: A cross-disciplinary review

  • Greg P. KearsleyAffiliated withCenter for Advanced Study in Theoretical Psychology, University of Alberta

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The linguistic, psychological, and social aspects of questions and question asking in verbal discourse are discussed. Classification taxonomies for question forms and functions are outlined. Research on the processes of question formation, question selection, and question asking is reviewed. Descriptive data for the occurence of question types in verbal discourse are presented. Suggestions are made concerning further descriptive and experimental approaches to the study of questions.