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Rhetorical Question

Rhetorical Question

A rhetorical question is an illocutionary act that

  • has the direct illocutionary force of a question, and
  • is not generally used with the expectation of an answer but with some different, indirect force, such as

    • a command
    • a tentative statement, and
    • an evaluation.
Page/s: 825
Source: Quirk 1972

Quirk, Randolph. 1972. A grammar of contemporary English. [London]: Longman.

Page/s: 1011
Source: Mish 1991

Mish, Frederick (editor). 1991.Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1,564 pages. 0877795088; indexed 0877795096; deluxe 087779510X.

Page/s: 235–236
Source: Larson 1984

Larson, Mildred L. 1984.Meaning-based translation: A guide to cross-language equivalence. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Page/s: 488–489
Source: Corbett 1971

Corbett, Edward P. J. 1971.Classical rhetoric for the modern student. New York: Oxford University.

Page/s: 229
Source: Beekman and Callow 1974

Beekman, John, and John Callow. 1974.Translating the Word of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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