Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 355–375 | Cite as

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

  • Greg P. Kearsley


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.


Cognitive Psychology Experimental Approach Descriptive Data Social Aspect Classification Taxonomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Greg P. Kearsley
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  1. 1.Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical PsychologyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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