Meeting ‘Team Linguistics’ in Mannheim

Finalizing the category system for question types in coaching

From November 15 to 18, Eva-Maria Graf, Thomas Spranz-Fogasy, Frédérick Dionne, and Melanie Fleischhacker met at the Leibniz Institute for the German Language in Mannheim to intensively work on the category system for (coaching-specific) question types.

The iterative process, based on existing research results and ‘sensitizing concepts’ as well as in-depth analyses of existing and newly acquired data, began in March 2020 and eventually resulted in a (pre-)final typology of question types for coaching as a helping professional format. This will form the basis for a typology of questioning sequences and a coding manual, which will be jointly developed with ‘Team Psychology’.

The typology of question types consists of two (main) dimensions:

  • Linguistic interrogative form: WH-questions, polar questions, declarative questions
  • Types of questions: arranged by coaching-specific themes, e.g., relationship management and questions about the personal well-being of clients/clarifying the client’s concern and questions about motivation, etc.

As well as three additional dimensions:

  • Time reference (past, present, future)
  • Relation to reality (factual, hypothetical)
  • Requesting information / euquiring about attitudes and stances / topicalizing or questioning perspective

This typology of question types developed by the team of linguists, will be finalized, tested, and finally converted into a coding scheme by the entire team during our next QueSCo meeting, which will take place online from November 27 to 29.

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