LINGUIST List 21.3264

Fri Aug 13 2010

Books: Typology/Sociolinguistics: Aikhenvald

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        1.    Jane Hamilton, Imperatives and Commands: Aikhenvald

Message 1: Imperatives and Commands: Aikhenvald
Date: 13-Aug-2010
From: Jane Hamilton <jane.hamiltonoup.com>
Subject: Imperatives and Commands: Aikhenvald
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Title: Imperatives and Commands Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory Published: 2010 Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199207909.do

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald Hardback: ISBN: 9780199207909 Pages: 520 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Abstract:

This is the first cross-linguistic study of imperatives, and commands ofother kinds, across the world's languages. It makes a significant andoriginal contribution to the understanding of their morphological,syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic characteristics. The author discussesthe role imperatives and commands play in human cognition and how they aredeployed in different cultures, and in doing so offers fresh insights onpatterns of human interaction and communication.

Alexandra Aikhenvald examines the ways of framing commands, or commandstrategies, in languages that do not have special imperative forms. Sheanalyses the grammatical and semantic properties of positive and negativeimperatives and shows how these correlate with categories such as tense,information source, and politeness. She looks at the relation of commandpragmatics to cultural practices, assessing, for example, the basis forMargaret Mead's assumption that the harsher the people the more frequentlythey use imperatives. Professor Aikhenvald covers a wide range of languagefamilies, including many relatively neglected examples from North America,Amazonia, and New Guinea. The book is accompanied by illustrations of someconventional command signs.

Written and presented with the author's characteristic clarity, this bookwill be welcomed by linguists of all theoretical persuasions. It willappeal to social and cultural anthropologists and cognitive and behaviouralscientists.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics                             Typology
Written In: English (eng )

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