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The Morphosyntax of Imperatives
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The Morphosyntax of Imperatives

Daniela Isac


The goal of this book is to argue that the specificity of imperative clauses cannot be the result of a unique imperative Force feature; instead, the “type” of imperative clauses can be traced back to a plurality of finer-grained features, such as Modality and phi-features, hosted by the Mod, Infl, and Speech Event heads, among others. The proposed analysis relies exclusively on morphosyntactic features, although the proposed features and syntactic heads are motivated not only by theory internal (syntactic) arguments but also with arguments springing from output conditions; more specifically, f ... More

Keywords: imperative, negation, Speech Event, Modality phrase, Addressee, subject, phi-(person) features, embedding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniela Isac, author
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Concordia University