Imperatives and Directive Strategies
Imperatives and directive strategies have intrigued both formalists and functionalists. They continue to search for the answers to questions like “what are the semantics of the imperative?”, “how is it used (in the world’s languages)?” and “which factors determine the choice between imperatives and other directive strategies?”. This volume takes a broadly functional-typological perspective and contributes to the literature in several respects. It presents new data from a variety of languages, some of which have not been studied in depth before. It exemplifies the benefits of traditional methodologies as well as the potential of more innovative ones. In addition, the volume sheds new light on the imperative as a typological notion, its meaning and uses and its interaction with other grammatical categories. It also offers new insights into the relation between different directive strategies within and across languages and into the (dis)similarities between equivalent directive strategies in a language family.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 184] 2017. vi, 324 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Imperatives and directive strategies from a functional-typological perspective: An introductionDaniël Van Olmen and Simone Heinold | pp. 1–50
Part I.. Imperatives
Imperatives and evidentiality in InnuAnne-Marie Baraby | pp. 53–78
Rhetorical imperatives: Reasons to reasoningAna Bravo | pp. 79–110
Searching for imperatives in European sign languagesCaterina Donati, Gemma Barberà, Chiara Branchini, Carlo Cecchetto, Carlo Geraci and Josep Quer | pp. 111–156
Part II.. Directive strategies
“You’re just workin’ for yourself”: Directive strategies in yoga instructional discourseMary Jill Brody | pp. 159–180
Imperatives and other directives in the Polynesian languagesJason Brown and Francis McWhannell | pp. 181–208
Directive conditional and complement insubordination in Germanic languagesSarah D’Hertefelt | pp. 209–240
Directive strategies in Modern Korean and Japanese: With special reference to commands and requestsDuck-Young Lee and Naomi Ogi | pp. 241–264
Eliciting evidence of functional differences: The imperative versus free-standing que- clauses in SpanishMaría Sol Sansiñena | pp. 265–290
Crossing the categorial divide: Imperative and interjection conversions in RomanceAndrew Swearingen | pp. 291–318
“Imperatives and directives are superficially simple but, on closer inspection, rather complex. With its wide-ranging and up-to-date introduction, detailed analyses of many different languages and multifarious perspectives representative of the literature, this volume reduces the confusion. Keep calm and read it!”
Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax