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34. Zwischenrufe, Zwischenfragen, Kurzinterventionen

From the book Handbuch Politische Rhetorik

  • Armin Burkhardt


In addition to the speeches themselves which are in principle conceived of as monological and the Speaker’s debate-controlling turns in parliamentary debates there are also dialogical elements in parliamentary discourse which allow the listeners in the plenary to exert, by means of short contributions outside the actual right to speak, some influence on the speaker, his speech and the further process of the debates: interruptions, questions and brief interventions. All three may lead to short dialogues with the current speaker. After the discussion and linguistic definition of interruptions and questions the main syntactic and functional types of these institutional kinds of utterances are presented and described. The chapter ends with some preliminary remarks on the present state of the recently introduced text pattern of brief intervention.

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