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Commands: A Cross-Linguistic Typology

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon


This book focuses on the form and the function of commands—directive speech acts such as pleas, entreaties, and orders—from a typological perspective. A team of internationally renowned experts in the field examine the interrelationship of these speech acts with cultural stereotypes and practices, as well as their origins and development, especially in the light of language contact. The volume begins with an introduction outlining the marking and the meaning of imperatives and other ways of expressing commands and directives. Each of the chapters that follow then offers an in-depth analysis of ... More

Keywords: imperative, command, fieldwork, typology, social conventions, directive speech act, prohibitive

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198803225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198803225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, editor
Distinguished Professor, Australian Laureate Fellow, and Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University

R. M. W. Dixon, editor
Adjunct Professor and Deputy Director of the Language and Culture Research Centre, James Cook University

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