Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Yes-No Question

Yes-No Question

A yes-no question is a question for which an answer of yes or no is acceptable.

In some languages, a yes-no question is formally distinguished by features, such as

  • rising sentence-final intonation
  • a sentence-initial or sentence-final particle
  • verb morphology
  • a difference of word order, such as the placement of the verb closer to the beginning of the sentence than in the declarative sentence, and
  • an interrogative clitic that attaches to the item in the sentence that is being questioned.

Page/s: 181–182
Source: Sadock and Zwicky 1985

Sadock, Jerrold M., and Arnold M. Zwicky. 1985. "Speech act distinctions in syntax." In Shopen 1985b

Page/s: 806
Source: Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985

Quirk, Randolph, S. Greenbaum, G. Leech, and J. Svartvik. 1985.A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman.

Page/s: 754
Source: Lyons 1977b

Lyons, John. 1977b.Semantics. Volumes I, II. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.

Page/s: 108
Source: Elson and Pickett 1988

Elson, Benjamin F., and Velma B. Pickett. 1988.Beginning morphology and syntax. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Page/s: 294, 387
Source: Crystal 1980

Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.

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