The main goal of this article is to argue for the existence and crosslinguistic stability of a phenomenon that I call “negation-licensed commands” (NLCs), in which commands can be interpreted as such only in the presence of negation. The article explores morphosyntactic properties of NLCs in a small number of unrelated languages. It stops short of an analysis of the phenomenon, which will have to await future research.
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June 25 2021
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Linguistic Inquiry (2021) 52 (3): 519–550.
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Sabine Iatridou; Negation-Licensed Commands. Linguistic Inquiry 2021; 52 (3): 519–550. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/ling_a_00383
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