Subquestion (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021)

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A definition of Subquestion that states "A question Q is a subquestion of another question Q’, iff any direct answer to Q is also a partial answer to Q’."

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This definition of Subquestion was formulated by Paul Patton and Cyrus Al-Zayadi in 2021.1


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Sciento-2021-0006Scientonomy1 August 2021Accept new definitions of subquestion, core question, core theory, discipline, delineating theory, subdiscipline, and discipline acceptance.Open

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Subquestion (Patton-Al-Zayadi-2021) is an attempt to answer the following question: What is subquestion? How should it be defined?

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A question is a topic of inquiry. 2 Questions can constitute hierarchies where more specific questions are subquestions of broader questions. For example, 'Was Peter the Great an emperor of Russia?' is a subquestion of 'Who were the emperors of Russia?' since by answering the former, we are also providing a partial answer to the latter. The latter is, in turn, a subquestion of the broader question 'Who were the rulers of European countries?'. 1 A partial answer to a question is a complete, or direct, answer to one of its subquestions.345


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  1. a b  Patton, Paul and Al-Zayadi, Cyrus. (2021) Disciplines in the Scientonomic Ontology. Scientonomy 4, 59-85. Retrieved from
  2. ^  Rawleigh, William. (2018) The Status of Questions in the Ontology of Scientific Change. Scientonomy 2, 1-12. Retrieved from
  3. ^  Beck, Sigrid and Sharvit, Yael. (2002) Pluralities of questions. Journal of Semantics 19 (2), 105-157.
  4. ^  Beck, Sigrid and Sharvit, Yael. (2001) Subquestions and quantificational variability effects. In Megerdoomian and Bar-el (2001), 510-523.
  5. ^  Eckardt, Regine. (2007) 'Was noch?' Navigating in question answer discourse. In Spath (2007), 77-96.