Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1998

DOI

10.1080/03637758809376177

Abstract

Interactants use a variety of strategies to seek information from one another. One strategy involves incorporating a Candidate Answer in a query. In using this strategy, a speaker provides a model of the type of answer that would satisfy his/her purpose-for-asking. Supplying a model is useful when a speaker wants to guide, direct, or assist a respondent in providing particular information. In offering a Candidate Answer, a speaker can display having knowledge and familiarity of a circumstance. A Candidate Answer can be read as revealing the speaker's attitude toward, and expectations of, relevant others.

Comments

The discussion of speaker and recipient knowledge claims implied by the form of a query predates current interest in epistemics.

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