COVID-19 Response at

Read what we're doing...

Why Do You Ask?


Product Description
Product Details

Table of Contents

1.: Susan Ehrlich and Alice F. Freed: The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse: An Introduction 2.: Jack Sidnell: The Design and Positioning of Questions in Inquiry Testimony 3.: John Heritage: Questioning in Medicine 4.: Alex Hepburn and Jonathan Potter: Interrogating Tears: Some Uses Of 'Tag Questions' In A Child Protection Helpline 5.: Geoffrey Raymond: Grammar and Social Relations: Alternative Forms of Yes/No Type Initiating Actions in Health Visitor Interaction 6.: Elizabeth Stokoe and Derek Edwards: Asking Ostensibly Silly Questions in Police-Suspect Interrogations 7.: Susan A. Speer: Pursuing Views and Testing Commitments: Hypothetical Questions in the Psychiatric Assessment of Transsexual Patients 8.: Irene Koshik: Questions that Convey Information in Teacher-Student Conferences 9.: Janet Holmes and Tina Chiles: Is that right? Questions and Questioning as Control Devices in the Workplace 10.: Cecilia E. Ford: Questioning in Meetings: Participation and Positioning 11.: Srikant Sarangi: The Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of Reflective Questions in Genetic Counselling 12.: Steven Clayman: Questions in Broadcast Journalism 13.: Joanna Thornborrow: Questions and Institutionality in Public Participation Broadcasting 14.: Alice F. Freed: "I'm calling to let you know!": Company Initiated Telephone-Sales 15.: Anna Kristina Hultgren and Deborah Cameron: "How may I help you?" Questions, Control and Customer Care in Telephone Call Centre Talk

About the Author

Alice Freed is Professor of Linguistics, Montclair State University. Susan Ehrlich is Professor of Linguistics, York University, Canada


This volume provides very valuable insights into the roles which questioning enables speakers and listeners to adopt within a broad range of institutional discourse. It contributes significantly to our understanding of how questioning occurs and how interactants can and do use questions for their own ends or to achieve institutional goals. * Helen de Silva, Discourse Studies *

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Why Do You Ask?: The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by Fishpond World Ltd.
Back to top