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《Journal of Zhejiang International Studies University》 2017-05
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Pragmatic Functions of Alternative Questions in Courtroom Conversation: An Intonation Approach

CHEN Haiqing;LI Yanan;School of Foreign Languages,Dalian University of Technology;  
Alternative questions in courtroom conversation are in possession of diverse pragmatic functions,which plays an important part in judicial practice. Employing intonation-focus theory as theoretical framework and Praat software as a research instrument,this paper conducts both a quantitative and a qualitative study by analyzing alternative questions in 30 randomly chosen trial cases from CCTV12 Trial On the Scene program and official micro-blog live video. It is found that there are 2 types of alternative questions in courtroom conversation. One is procedural questioning,and the other is nonprocedural questioning. Between them,nonprocedural questioning serves important pragmatic functions. When contrastive focuses fall upon both options,the alternative question has the function of expressing doubt,e. g. asking for information and further investigation. And when the topical focus is carried by one option,the alternative question has the function of asking for correction,reminding and condemning,etc.
【Fund】: 国家社会科学基金项目(15BFX066)
【CateGory Index】: H146.3
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