‘Inverted’ imperatives

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Imperatives in English occur with <i>Subject do(n’t) </i>order as well as with the reverse order <i>do(n’t) Subject </i>. Well-established assumptions about inverted order in interrogatives have led previous studies to assume that in apparently inverted imperative constructions, <i>do(n’t) </i>has similarly been placed in C above the subject in SpecIP. I argue that the (non-)inverted orders rather occur because there is variation in the position of subjects in imperatives. This analysis is shown to account for a cluster of other properties that characterise the imperative. The syntax of imperatives is relevant to a number of current issues in syntactic theory, such as the status of the EPP, the motivation for Move and the apparent problem of optional displacement.


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