A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative

With special reference to Japanese imperatives

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This volume offers the first comprehensive description of English imperatives made from a Cognitive Linguistic perspective. It proposes a new way of explaining the meaning and function of the imperative independently of illocutionary act classifications, which allows for quantifying the strength of imperative force in terms of parameters and numerical values. Furthermore, the book applies the theory of Construction Grammar to account for the felicity of imperatives in complex sentences. The model of description explains explicitly a wide range of phenomena, including frequency of use, prototypical vs. non-prototypical uses of the English imperative and the choice between longer vs. shorter directives including the imperative. A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative: With Special Reference to Japanese Imperatives is intended for both researchers and students interested in the English imperative and Directive Speech Acts at large and for the linguists working within the Cognitive Linguistics and/or Construction Grammar approach.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 35]  2012.  xvii, 242 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of figures
ix
List of tables
xi
Abbreviations
xiii
Acknowledgments
xv–xvii
1. Introduction
1–20
2. Observing English imperatives in action
21–56
3. The meaning of the English imperative
57–92
4. Accounting for some of the findings in Chapter 2 and the choice between imperatives and indirect directives
93–119
5. Mixed imperative constructions: Passive, progressive, and perfective imperatives in English
121–135
6. Conditional imperatives in English
137–171
7. English imperatives in concessive clauses
173–196
8. Japanese imperatives
197–219
9. Conclusions and prospects
221–224
References
225–236
Data sources
237
Name index
239–240
Subject index
241–242
“This book is most welcome for a number of reasons: as a detailed illustration of applying the descriptive and theoretical notions of cognitive linguistics; for its success in integrating multiple methods and multiple theoretical approaches; and as a comprehensive description of the English imperative. It achieves a broader and deeper understanding of this phenomenon, being especially informative due to comparison with Japanese.”
“The framework proposed in this work is a valuable addition to the field of Cognitive Linguistics. It provides insight into the elements by which imperative utterances can be classified, along with tools for comparing these utterances cross-linguistically. Ultimately, such a framework can serve as an important basis for further research in the area of imperative constructions.”
“[...] this volume provides an interesting multi-faceted approach to functional, semantic and formal aspects of the imperative in English (and to a lesser extent in Japanese). By looking at the same object of study from different angles the reader arrives at a better understanding of the imperative both in terms of the attested behaviour and the motivations behind it.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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