The prosody of rhetorical questions : a cross-linguistic view

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DEHÉ, Nicole, Bettina BRAUN, Marieke EINFELDT, Daniela WOCHNER, Katharina ZAHNER-RITTER, 2022. The prosody of rhetorical questions : a cross-linguistic view. In: Linguistische Berichte. Buske(269), pp. 3-42. ISSN 0024-3930. eISSN 2366-0775. Available under: doi: 10.46771/978-3-96769-175-7

@article{Dehe2022proso-57412, title={The prosody of rhetorical questions : a cross-linguistic view}, year={2022}, doi={10.46771/978-3-96769-175-7}, number={269}, issn={0024-3930}, journal={Linguistische Berichte}, pages={3--42}, author={Dehé, Nicole and Braun, Bettina and Einfeldt, Marieke and Wochner, Daniela and Zahner-Ritter, Katharina} }

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