A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative
With special reference to Japanese imperatives
Hidemitsu Takahashi | Hokkaido University
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.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
List of figures | p. ix
List of tables | p. xi
Abbreviations | p. xiii
Acknowledgments | pp. xv–xvii
1. Introduction | pp. 1–20
2. Observing English imperatives in action | pp. 21–56
3. The meaning of the English imperative | pp. 57–92
4. Accounting for some of the findings in Chapter 2 and the choice between imperatives and indirect directives | pp. 93–119
5. Mixed imperative constructions: Passive, progressive, and perfective imperatives in English | pp. 121–135
6. Conditional imperatives in English | pp. 137–171
7. English imperatives in concessive clauses | pp. 173–196
8. Japanese imperatives | pp. 197–219
9. Conclusions and prospects | pp. 221–224
Data sources | p. 237
Name index | pp. 239–240
Subject index | pp. 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.”
Ronald W. Langacker , University of California, San Diego
“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.”
William W. Kruger, Lincoln, NE, USA, on Linguist List 23-1697 (2012)
“[...] 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.”
Bernard De Clerck, University College Ghent, in Functions of Language, Vol. 20:1 (2013).
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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