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The Syntax of Imperatives

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107005808

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  • The imperative clause is one of three major sentence types that have been found to be universal across the languages of the world. Compared to declaratives and interrogatives, the imperative type has received diverse analyses in the literature. This cutting-edge study puts forward a new linguistic theory of imperatives, arguing that categories of the speech act, specifically Speaker and Addressee, are conceptually necessary for an adequate syntactic account. The book offers compelling empirical and descriptive evidence by surveying new typological data in critical assessment of competing hypotheses towards an indexical syntax of human language. An engaging read for students and researchers interested in linguistics, philosophy and the syntax of language.

    • Proposes a new linguistic theory of imperatives
    • Presents a minimalist approach to the syntax of imperatives
    • Explores the syntax of imperatives in context
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    Advance Praise: "This book opens a so far unexplored space: the context-sensitivity of narrow syntax. It successfully shows that the syntactic formalization of notions such as Speaker and Addressee are necessary to provide a deeper understanding of the nature of grammar. The authors draw a fascinating picture of how a syntactic theory can incorporate and represent indexicality." Alessandra Giorgi, Professor of Linguistics, Ca' Foscari University, Venice, Italy

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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107005808
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Imperatives across languages
    3. Foundations for an analysis of the imperative clause
    4. The syntax of imperative clauses: a performative hypothesis
    5. Basque allocutive agreement
    6. Conclusion.

  • Authors

    Asier Alcázar, University of Missouri, Columbia
    Asier Alcázar is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Missouri. His research interests include generative syntax and its interfaces with semantics and morphology, corpus linguistics and typology.

    Mario Saltarelli, University of Southern California
    Mario Saltarelli is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Southern California. He specialises in general linguistics and researches the synchronic and diachronic morphology-phonology and syntax-semantics interface.

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