Glossary: yes-no question


A term used in pragmatics that refers to an utterance that can be interpreted as eliciting a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response. Typically, such an utterance would grammatically be a yes-no interrogative, but it need not be, as in the following example: She never went to San Francisco? Grammatically this is a declarative clause, but pragmatically it has the force of a yes-no question.


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