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What is an echo question?

 

Definition
 

An echo question is a question that

 
  • occurs in the turn after a repairable utterance, and
  • repeats the portion felt by the speaker to need repair.
Example (English)
 
  • B’s question in the following exchange is an echo question:

  • A: I need a new bolt for my oil filter.
  • B: A BOLT?
  • A: I mean for my oil pan.
  • Generic
      An echo question is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 74


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