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Reproachatives and imperatives

Van Olmen, Daniel (2018) Reproachatives and imperatives. Linguistics, 56 (1). pp. 115-162. ISSN 0024-3949

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    Abstract

    This paper studies constructions dedicated to the expression of an after the fact reprimand to a second person in the languages of Europe. Taking a usage-based perspective, it argues against earlier analyses of these reproachatives as imperatives, optatives or conditionals, which fail to capture their idiosyncrasies and overpredict both their cross-linguistic frequency and the grammaticality of types of imperative in a language. Based on a closer examination of Dutch, the paper assumes a middle position between the existing views in that it argues for an account of the Dutch reproachative as the hybrid outcome of the interaction of the aforementioned constructions and of processes such as analogy, conventionalization and insubordination. It explores to what extent such an analysis applies to the other European languages featuring a reproachative and what its implications are for our understanding of imperative semantics.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Linguistics
    Subjects:
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 89734
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 16 Jan 2018 16:22
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 02:30
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/89734

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