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What dyirbal uses instead of commands

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posted on 21.06.2022, 02:02 authored by Robert DixonRobert Dixon

Dyirbal has verbal inflections which have been referred to as 'positive imperative' and 'negative imperative'. However, their meanings and functions extend far beyond these traditional labels. Their subjects can be first or second person singular and plural, and they can occur in questions. The 'positive imperative' refers to potentiality of something, which usually does, but may not, eventuate. It corresponds to a number of modal meanings (should, can, must and will). The negative imperative is used to suggest caution, warning about what it is inadvisable to do. It is shown how the 'potentiality' and 'caution' verbal inflections relate to the social ambiance in which they were used.

Funding

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

History

Editor

Aikhenvald AY; Dixon RMW

Start Page

127

End Page

145

Number of Pages

19

ISBN-13

9780198803225

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of Publication

Oxford, UK

Peer Reviewed

Yes

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

6

Number of Chapters

15

Parent Title

Commands: A cross-linguistic typology