A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative: With Special Reference to Japanese Imperatives

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 242 pages
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This volume offers the first comprehensive description of English imperatives made from a Cognitive Linguistic perspective. It proposes a new way of explaining the meaning and function of the imperative independently of illocutionary act classifications, which allows for quantifying the strength of imperative force in terms of parameters and numerical values. Furthermore, the book applies the theory of Construction Grammar to account for the felicity of imperatives in complex sentences. The model of description explains explicitly a wide range of phenomena, including frequency of use, prototypical vs. non-prototypical uses of the English imperative and the choice between longer vs. shorter directives including the imperative. A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of the English Imperative: With Special Reference to Japanese Imperatives is intended for both researchers and students interested in the English imperative and Directive Speech Acts at large and for the linguists working within the Cognitive Linguistics and/or Construction Grammar approach.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Observing English imperatives in action
21
Chapter 3 The meaning of the English imperative
57
Chapter 4 Accounting for some of the findings in Chapter 2 and the choice between imperatives and i
93
Passive progressive and perfective imperatives in Engli
121
Chapter 6 Conditional imperatives in English
137
Chapter 7 English imperatives in concessive clauses
173
Chapter 8 Japanese imperatives
197
Chapter 9 Conclusions and prospects
221
References
225
Data sources
237
Name index
239
Subject index
241
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