The prosody of rhetorical questions in English

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DEHÉ, Nicole, Bettina BRAUN, 2019. The prosody of rhetorical questions in English. In: English Language and Linguistics. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 1360-6743. eISSN 1469-4379. Available under: doi: 10.1017/S1360674319000157

@article{Dehe2019-07-05proso-47857, title={The prosody of rhetorical questions in English}, year={2019}, doi={10.1017/S1360674319000157}, issn={1360-6743}, journal={English Language and Linguistics}, author={Dehé, Nicole and Braun, Bettina} }

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