Regarding negative interrogatives in American English as argumentative structures

Pauline Levillain
This article investigates the use of negative interrogatives in English and provides new support as to why they can be regarded as argumentative structures (Heritage, 2002). Questions are usually described pragmatically as enabling the speaker to seek information. However, when they are negatively formulated, they are analysed in the literature as allowing the speaker to express their point of view: “negative interrogatives are treated as accomplishing assertions of opinion rather than questioning” (Heritage, 2002). This...
This data repository is not currently reporting usage information. For information on how your repository can submit usage information, please see our documentation.