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What is a question? Many laymen, including cognitive scientists of varying persuasions, report having a pretty good idea about what a question is and do not see an urgent need to engage in hair-splitting about it: if one needs certain information that is lacking, and someone else has ac- cess to this information, one can specify the lacking information in the form of a question, formu- late this question at the someone else, who will then, if he or she so chooses, provide the desired information, in the form of an answer. What‘s the big deal?