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Pragmatic Effects of the Overt Subject in Romanian Conditional Imperatives

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LXIII (1-2), Section Speech Acts and More..., p. 167-182
Speech Acts across Time and Space / Actes de language à travers le temps et l’espace
Edited by Andra Vasilescu and Cameron Taylor
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:The purpose of this article is to give a brief synopsis of the coordinate constructions [imperative + declarative] in Romanian, focusing on the pragmatic effects of the overt subject in Romanian. In configurations of the type: (i) Open the window and I’ll kill you, (ii) Open the window or I’ll kill you, and (iii) Open the window and you’ll catch a cold, in which the imperative clause is prototypically subjectless (even in non-pro-drop languages), the occurrence of an overt subject should be pragmatically motivated. Confronting the current description of the conditional imperatives to the Romanian data, the paper aims to sketch an inventory of the overt subjects that are allowed in each syntactic type, in an attempt to describe the consequences of subject lexicalization upon the pragmatic function of the imperative. This would set the ground for a more in depth investigation concerning the connections between syntactic and semantic-pragmatic restrictions upon the occurrence of the overt subject in the imperative clause.
Key words:conditional imperatives, Romanian, overt subject, pragmatic effects
Language: English

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References in this publication: 1

6Martin MaidenOn Romanian ImperativesPhil. Jass., II (1), 47-592006pdf

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