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Questions and responses in ╪Ākhoe Hai||om


Hoymann,  Gertie
Language and Cognition Group, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Language documentation and data mining;
Interactional Foundations of Language, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Hoymann, G. (2010). Questions and responses in ╪Ākhoe Hai||om. Journal of Pragmatics, 42(10), 2726-2740. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2010.04.008.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-B6F9-8
This paper examines ╪Ākhoe Hai||om, a Khoe language of the Khoisan family spoken in Northern Namibia. I document the way questions are posed in natural conversation, the actions the questions are used for and the manner in which they are responded to. I show that in this language speakers rely most heavily on content questions. I also find that speakers of ╪Ākhoe Hai||om address fewer questions to a specific individual than would be expected from prior research on Indo European languages. Finally, I discuss some possible explanations for these findings.