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QUESTION, punishment, crim. law. A means sometimes employed, in some countries, by means of torture, to compel supposed great criminals to disclose their accomplices, or to acknowledge their crimes.
     2. This torture is called question, because, as the unfortunate person accused is made to suffer pain, he is asked questions as to his supposed crime or accomplices. The same as torture. This is unknown in the United States. See Poth. Procedure Criminelle, sect. 5, art. 2, Sec. 3.

QUESTION, evidence. An interrogation put to a witness, requesting him to declare the truth of certain facts as far as he knows them.
     2. Questions are either general or leading. By a general question is meant such an one as requires the witness to state all be knows without any suggestion being made to him, as who gave the blow?
     3. A leading question is one which leads the mind of the witness to the answer, or suggests it to him, as did A B give the blow ?
     4. The Romans called a question by which the fact or supposed fact which the interrogator expected, or wished to find asserted, in and by the answer made to the proposed respondent, a suggestive interrogation, as, is not your name A B? Vide Leading Question.

QUESTION, practice. A point on which the parties are not agreed, and which is submitted to the decision of a judge and jury.
     2. When the doubt or difference arises as to what the law is on a certain state of facts, this is said to be a legal question, and when the party demurs, this is to be decided by the court; when it arises as to the truth or falsehood of facts, this is a question of fact, and is to be decided by the jury.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The jussive is rather common in Estonian dialects, although not in interrogative sentences. One explanation for this would be that such imperative (or jussive) interrogatives have been in use, but have been lost.
Is this a relic of an earlier, wider use of the third person imperative in interrogative sentences? Unfortunately, this question has to wait for a definitive answer; as yet, both supportive and counter-evidence can be presented for this assumption.
Much like in Kihnu, this periphrastic construction occurs in interrogative sentences. Holvoet has discussed such occurrences at length in connection with their modality (see Holvoet 2001 : 67-81; 2005; 2007 : 27-29, 111-118); cf.
As I have argued elsewhere, in Stainton (1994, 1995), words and phrases can be, and often are, used outside any sentence: E.g., one can begin a conversation with 'Hungry?', or 'A friend of yours?' Nor, it seems to me, is it because the content of (13) is too difficult to understand, when couched in these substantival terms: It's not as if these noun phrases are so much more difficult to parse than the corresponding interrogative sentence. Rather, sentence (13) is understood as having a typical use which (16), (17) and (18) lack because sentence (13) has interrogatival force as part of its content, whereas none of (16), (17) or (18) do.
Most of the learners of L2 English have been observed using declarative sentences in place of interrogative sentences to ask questions.
Interrogative sentence, one of syntactic-grammatical means of cohesion, has definite semantic relations with the text that follows.
As already noted informally by Navarro-Tomas and Quilis, one of the traits that can help the hearer discriminate between Spanish interrogative and declarative intonation contours is the greater pitch excursion displayed by the first pitch accent of interrogative sentences. How is this contrast to be expressed in phonological terms?
Actually, there is a scale of possibilities ranging from completely flat contours to contours generated by H targets of varying heights, but lower than high targets in interrogative sentences (see section 4 below).
Subdivision of interrogative sentences and the suspension of downdrift
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