'This study, of the meanings and functions of imperatives, is unusual for its lucid and up-to-date analysis of complex data, typological variation and hypotheses from various perspectives. Read it and you will be a better linguist.' Johan van der Auwera, University of Antwerp 'This is a terrific book. It looks at imperatives from a variety of insightful perspectives (social, grammatical and philosophical) and brings to bear evidence of many kinds, including evidence from a host of languages. Jary and Kissine's volume will, from now on, be the departure point for anyone studying the imperative mood.' Robert J. Stainton, University of Western Ontario 'An impressively compendious distillation of work on the imperative, which is both original and accessible. The book is rich in (cross-linguistic) data, sound argument and insightful analysis. If you are interested in the semantics/pragmatics of linguistic mood and illocutionary force, read this book!' Robyn Carston, University College London and CSMN, Oslo
Über das Produkt
This book explores one of the most central and puzzling features of language: imperative sentences. It is the first systematic survey to employ data from a range of languages, including many outside the Indo-European family and it provides a comprehensive and in-depth critical discussion of existing semantic and pragmatic theories.