Re: prohibitions

From: Micheal Palmer (
Date: Tue Mar 25 1997 - 00:49:45 EST

At 12:18 PM -0800 3/24/97, Dale M. Wheeler wrote:

>IMHO, Fanning, _Verbal_Aspect_, has an outstanding discussion (dare I say,
>the best I've ever seen [which doesn't imply that I've seen everything]) of
>the use of positive and negative imperatives. One of the problems he points
>out is that different writers have uses which are non-standard and
>apparently their own "style" at certain points. If some listmembers would
>like it, I can post a summary of his work on imp'vs, which I give to my
>Syntax classes (however, its at work, and I'm at home right now).

I have also benefitted from Fanning's treatment of commands and
prohibitions. I do think that your summary could be useful to many on the
list, and would like to encourage you to post it.

I also think Mari Olsen might have some helpful comments to offer on this
topic. (Are you out there, Mari?)

Micheal W. Palmer
Religion & Philosophy
Meredith College

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