ote: hiztunaren ziurtasunik eza
Garmendia Mugica, Joana
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Gogoa 12-13 : 7-26 (2014)
The aim of this paper is to present some empirical data to support two claims related to the Basque particle "ote": First, that "ote" can be used to make a rhetorical question, even though this is not its only (or most important) function. Second, that "ote" is used in a question when the speaker feels no certainty about the hearer's capacity to answer it. More generally, I explain why the traditional approaches to this Basque particle cannot satisfactorily explain it: A semantic or grammatical analysis cannot do when facing this issue. To finish with, I sketch a pragmatic explanation for "ote", and I defend that only when we adopt a pragmatic viewpoint are we able to grasp the uniqueness of this particle.