The Morphosyntax of Imperatives

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byDaniela Isac

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This book studies the properties of imperative clauses in the context of a theory of Universal Grammar. Daniela Isac argues that the specificity of imperative clauses cannot be the result of a unique imperative Force feature; instead, the "type" of imperative clauses can be traced back to aplurality of finer grained features, such as Modality and phi-features, hosted by the Mod, Infl, and Speech Event heads, among others. The data are drawn from a wide range of languages including various Romance, Slavic, and Germanic languages, as well as Finnish and Inuktitut. The analysis accounts for recurrent patterns in the interaction of imperative mood with phenomena like negation, restrictions on grammatical subjects, andthe possibility of embedding imperative clauses. The approach, which focuses exclusively on morphosyntactic rather than semantic features, is potentially transferable to the analysis of other clause types, such as exclamatives, interrogatives, and declaratives.

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This book studies the properties of imperative clauses in the context of a theory of Universal Grammar. Daniela Isac argues that the specificity of imperative clauses cannot be the result of a unique imperative Force feature; instead, the "type" of imperative clauses can be traced back to aplurality of finer grained features, such as M...

Daniela Isac is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Concordia University, where she has been teaching since receiving her PhD in 2000 from the University of Bucharest. Her interests include syntactic theory, the syntax-semantics interface, and the foundations of linguistics as cognitive science. She is the co-author, with Charles Re...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 20, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and aims2. Descriptive properties of imperatives3. Previous analyses4. Why a new analysis?5. Modality6. The Speaker7. The Addressee8. True imperatives9. Surrogative imperatives: subjunctives10. Surrogate imperatives: infinitives11. Embeddedness12. Conclusions