Embedded imperatives

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Abstract

Embedded imperatives are found in Old Scandinavian, but not in any of its modern descendants, i.e. Danish, Faroese, Icelandic, Norwegian or Swedish. This paper aims to uncover the structural prerequisites for embedded imperatives to be possible in a language. Assuming a feature driven version of the minimalist program, it is shown that embedded imperatives are possible under the specific structural requirement that the non-finite verb is in a position lower than the object, i.e. in a kind of partial OV-structure that I will call pseudo-OV, differing from ordinary OV in having the tensed verb before the object, both in main and embedded clauses. A number of predictions follow which are indeed fulfilled, such as the obligatory presence of the second person subject, the position of the imperative verb in front of the object, and the fact that the kinds of objects found in embedded imperatives are the ones that also turn up in clauses with pseudo-OV in Old Scandinavian.

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  • Languages and Literature
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImperative Clauses in Generative Grammar
EditorsWim van der Wurff
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Pages181-203
Volume103
ISBN (Print)9789027233677
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedNo

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Volume103
ISSN (Print)0166-0829

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Swedish (015011001)