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Title: Imperatives and Commands
Written By: Chia-jung Pan
URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199207909.do
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Typology and Linguistic Theory
Description:

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

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

Written and presented with the author's characteristic clarity, this book
will be welcomed by linguists of all theoretical persuasions. It will
appeal to social and cultural anthropologists and cognitive and behavioural
scientists.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Typology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199207909
ISBN-13: 9780199207909
Pages: 520
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