Marie-Cécile Bertau
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Institut für Psycholonguistik, Germany

E-mail:bertau@psycholinguistik.uni-muenchen.de

 

WHY QUESTIONS? THE OUTSTANDING ROLE OF QUESTIONS IN INNER SPEECH AND
PROBLEM-SOLVING WITH AN OUTLINE OF A TAXONOMY

 

Questions are the fundamental adjency-pair of dialogues relating people, their thoughts and acts in a special way. This special way is to be described and defined for communicative as well as for cognitive acts; the way in which the communicative force of the question seems to be profited by cognitive activities will provide the link between the two types of acts, a developmental aspect will supply the frame for this linkage. A first sketch of a taxonomy of questions in this communicative-cognitive activities will be presented. Finally, the culturally defined affinities to questioning - and non-questioning - will be discussed in regard to scientific modi.