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Imperatives and commands: A cross-linguistic view

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posted on 21.06.2022, 01:08 authored by Alexandra AikhenvaldAlexandra Aikhenvald
The chapter offers a cross-linguistic approach to commands as a speech act, and the structure of imperatives in their various guises, focusing on canonical (second person) and non-canonical (other person-oriented) imperatives. It also addresses imperative specific categories and meanings, and social functions of imperatives, as well as possible restrictions on their formation and uses. Negative imperatives, or prohibitives, may differ from positive imperatives in terms of their semantics and structure. If imperative forms sound too harsh, essentially non-command forms can be deployed in their stead as command strategies. The chapter sets the scene for the volume, and also contains a summary of subsequent chapters within it.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Aikhenvald AY; Dixon RMW

Start Page

1

End Page

45

Number of Pages

45

ISBN-13

9780198803225

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of Publication

Oxford, UK

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

Era Eligible

Yes

Chapter Number

1

Number of Chapters

15

Parent Title

Commands: A cross-linguistic typology

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