Information-seeking questions and rhetorical questions in emotion expressions

Helena Yan Ping Lau, Sophia Yat Mei Lee

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This paper explores the interaction between emotions and two types of questions, namely information-seeking questions and rhetorical questions. Corpus data shows that rhetorical questions (60.3%) are more frequently used in social media than information-seeking questions (39.7%). Of the two types of questions, approximately 94% of rhetorical questions are used to express emotions, while only 23% of information-seeking questions contain emotions. Given that rhetorical questions do play an important role in emotion expressions, we examine the interaction between rhetorical questions and emotions in terms of question type. Various syntactic structures are proposed for the identification of different emotions. We believe that the linguistic account of different types of rhetorical questions in emotion expressions will paint a fuller picture of the nature of emotion.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 19th Workshop, CLSW 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsQi Su, Jiun-Shiung Wu, Jia-Fei Hong
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030040147
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018 - Minxiong, Taiwan
Duration: 26 May 201828 May 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11173 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference19th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2018


  • Emotion expression
  • Information-seeking question
  • Rhetorical question

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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