Readership: Linguists of all theoretical persuasions and their students at advanced undergraduate level and above. Social and cultural anthropologists. Cognitive and behavioural scientists. The book also has the potential to be used as a textbook for graduate and senior undergraduate courses in syntax, semantics, and typology.
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Cairns Institute, James Cook University
"The book is very well equipped ... The main contribution of Aikhenvald's book ... is its descriptive side. The impressive overview it provides of the crosslinguistic variation and tendencies pertaining to imperatives and commands makes it a must for anyone interested in either of these two subjects. So, if you are interested, read Aikhenvald's book!" - Kasper Boye, Functions of Language
"Imperatives and Commands offers a wealth of empirical data and covers almost every relevant topic imaginable. Unlike any article or book before, it describes the crosslinguistic variation in imperatives and alternative directive strategies in a
clear and thorough way. ... [It] constitutes a reference work for field workers, who will welcome the appended checklist "of what kind of features need to be described, analysed, and illustrated" (p. 418), and for anyone interested in imperatives and directives. Researchers will also enjoy the extensive author, language, and subject indexes and the vast bibliography." - Linguistic Typology
1: Setting the Scene
2: Imperatives Worldwide
3: How Imperatives are Special
4: Imperatives and Other Grammatical Categories
5: Negative Imperatives
6: Imperatives and Their Meanings
7: Imperatives Which do not Command
8: Imperatives in Disguise
9: Imperatives we Live by
10: Where do Imperatives Come From?
11: What can we Conclude?
Index of Authors
Index of Languages, Linguistic Families, and Areas
Index of Subjects
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