Article published in:Imperative Clauses in Generative Grammar: Studies in honour of Frits Beukema
Edited by Wim van der Wurff
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 103] 2007
► pp. 251–271
Analysing word order in the English imperative
This paper proposes that the syntax of inverted English imperatives such as Don’t you leave! assimilates to that of better studied polar interrogatives: both involve a conservative clause structure in which the subject occupies the specifier of IP and the clause-initial auxiliary has undergone I0-to-C0. Evidence from negation/ quantifier scope interactions and adverb placement argues against an alternative in which the subject is in the specifier of a projection below IP and the auxiliary is no higher than I0.
Published online: 13 July 2007
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