Imperative and commands in language and society

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2015) Imperative and commands in language and society. In: Proceedings of the 42nd International Symposium of The National Academy of Sciences (42) pp. 83-98. From: NAS 2015: 42nd International Symposium of The National Academy of Sciences, 23 October 2015, Seoul, Korea.

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In every language one can make a statement, ask a question or tell someone what to do. This is the essence of three major types of speech acts - declarative, interrogative, imperative. The basic function of an imperative is to get an addressee to act, that is, - a command. The meanings of imperatives, viewed cross-linguistically, often go beyond 'commands'. And commands are often expressed by means other than the 'imperative'. What is special about imperatives? How are they used m different languages, and in different societies? And what are they good for?

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