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rhetorical question

A question that is not intended to produce some enlightening answer, but rather already has an obvious answer so as to make or emphasize some point. Please do not ask rhetorical questions during this press briefing. Does a record surge in sales and stock prices suggest a failing company to you? That's a rhetorical question, Tom—of course it doesn't.
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rhetorical question

A question asked without expecting an answer but for the sake of emphasis or effect. The expected answer is usually "yes" or "no." For example, Can we improve the quality of our work? That's a rhetorical question. [Late 1800s]
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Hence, context plays a central role in the identification and interpretation of a rhetorical question (Karhanova, 2005:341).
Hence a rhetorical question as discourse element performs a number of functions in discourse.
For Koshik (2005:36) without context or pragmatic factors (Karhanova 2005:344) a rhetorical question will be 'heard as asking a question i.e.
In this sense, a rhetorical question suggests that since 'students already know what they have done wrong, they should not have done the mistake in the first place' (Koshik, 2005:157).
Koshik (2005:24) explains that 'an absentee third party' is invoked 'into the current sequence of talk as reported speech and then subsequently challenged with' a rhetorical question. Rhetorical questions in the resultant polyphonic settings (Bakhtin 1981) can be used affiliatively or disaffiliatively i.e.
"You call that a rhetorical question?: Forms and functions of rhetorical questions in conversation".
For example, a rhetorical question by Howard (1990, p.
H3: Messages using a rhetorical question heading result in greater (a)self- referencing and (b) perceived ad effectiveness among those who are more concerned about the issue.