The Prosody of Rhetorical and Information-Seeking Questions in German

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BRAUN, Bettina, Nicole DEHÉ, Jana NEITSCH, Daniela WOCHNER, Katharina ZAHNER, 2019. The Prosody of Rhetorical and Information-Seeking Questions in German. In: Language and Speech. 62(4), pp. 779-807. ISSN 0023-8309. eISSN 1756-6053. Available under: doi: 10.1177/0023830918816351

@article{Braun2019-12Proso-44490, title={The Prosody of Rhetorical and Information-Seeking Questions in German}, year={2019}, doi={10.1177/0023830918816351}, number={4}, volume={62}, issn={0023-8309}, journal={Language and Speech}, pages={779--807}, author={Braun, Bettina and Dehé, Nicole and Neitsch, Jana and Wochner, Daniela and Zahner, Katharina} }

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