Commands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology by Alexandra Y. AikhenvaldCommands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

Commands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

EditorAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald, R. M. W. Dixon

Hardcover | August 19, 2017

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This book focuses on the form and the function of commands-directive speech acts such as pleas, entreaties, and orders-from a typological perspective. A team of internationally-renowned experts in the field examine the interrelationship of these speech acts with cultural stereotypes andpractices, as well as their origins and development, especially in the light of language contact. The volume begins with an introduction outlining the marking and the meaning of imperatives and other ways of expressing commands and directives. Each of the chapters that follow then offers an in-depth analysis of commands in a particular language. These analyses are cast in terms of "basiclinguistic theory" - a cumulative typological functional framework - and the chapters are arranged and structured in a way that allows useful comparison between them. The languages investigated include Quechua, Japanese, Lao, Aguaruna and Ashaninka Satipo (both from Peru), Dyirbal (from Australia),Zenzontepec Chatino (from Mexico), Nungon, Tayatuk, and Karawari (from Papua New Guinea), Korowai (from West Papua), Wolaitta (from Ethiopia), and Northern Paiute (a native language of the United States).
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre at James Cook University. She is a major authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, fr...
Title:Commands: A Cross-Linguistic TypologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pagesPublished:August 19, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAbbreviationsNotes on the contributors1. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Commands: A cross-linguistic view2. Willem F. H. Adelaar: Imperatives and commands in Quechua3. Simon E. Overall: The grammatical representation of commands and prohibitions in Aguaruna4. Elena Mihas: Imperatives in Ashaninka Satipo (Kampa Arawak) of Peru5. Eric W. Campbell: Commands in Zenzontepec Chatino (Otomanguean)6. R. M. W. Dixon: What Dyirbal uses instead of commands7. Tim Thornes: On the heterogeneity of Northern Paiute directives8. Nerida Jarkey: Imperatives and commands in Japanese9. N. J. Enfield: Commands in Lao10. Valerie Guerin: Imperatives and command strategies in Tayatuk (Morobe, PNG)11. Hannah Sarvasy: Imperatives and commands in Nungon12. Lourens de Vries: The imperative paradigm of Korowai, a Greater Awyu language of West Papua13. Borut Telban: Commands as a form of intimacy among the Karawari of Papua New Guinea14. Azeb Amha: Commands in Wolaitta15. Rosita Henry: Veiled commands: Anthropological perspectives on directivesIndex