Investigating the Communicative Functions of Interrogative Sentences in Dialogue Texts

© Media Watch 11 (3) 488-501, 2020
ISSN 0976-0911 | e-ISSN 2249-8818
DOI: 10.15655/mw/2020/v11i3/202934

Investigating the Communicative Functions of Interrogative Sentences in Dialogue Texts


Assel M. Yessenbayeva1, Bauyrzhan K. Yelikbayev2, Gulnara K. Abdrahman3, Laura T. Makulova4, and Bekzhigit K. Serdali5

1Kazakh National Agrarian University, Kazakhstan
2,5Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, Kazakhstan
3,4Taraz State Pedagogical University, Kazakhstan



The article aims to study the problem of the peculiarities of the communicative functions of interrogative sentences. The relevance of the problem is connected with the rich pragmatic fullness of these linguistic units. The issue of communicative functions of interrogative sentences was considered from the theory of speech acts, in which they are realized. Thus, examples of interrogatives were analyzed in representative, directive, commission, and expressive speech acts based on dialogues from the sitcom “Big Bang Theory”. Determining the quantitative ratio of interrogatives in the composition of different types of speech acts and comparing these statistics with the results of another study allowed the authors to decide the most productive types. The prospect of further research is a more in-depth study of the pragmatics of interrogative sentences, as well as interdisciplinary research.


Keywords: Communication theory, function, dialogues, pragmatics, speech acts, texts, languages



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Assel M. Yessenbayeva is a Lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages at Kazakh National Agrarian University. Her scientific and methodological works are devoted to pressing problems of linguistics and education.

Bauyrzhan K. Yelikbayev (Full Doctor in Philology) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kazakh Philology at Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University. His areas of research interest are sociolinguistics, public relations, and corporate communication.

Gulnara K. Abdrahman (Ph.D. in Philology) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Russian Philology at Taraz State Pedagogical University. Her areas of interest in research actual problems of linguistics and philosophy of education.

Laura T. Makulova (Ph.D. in Philology) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kazakh Philology at Taraz State Pedagogical University. She specializes in media studies and journalism, communication theory and ethics, new media, reading, and development communication.

Bekzhigit K. Serdali (Ph.D. in Philology) is a Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Journalism at Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, Turkestan, Republic of Kazakhstan. His areas of academic interest include print journalism, media laws, and communication.