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A Morphological Approach to the Lack of Negative Imperatives in Spanish
Adolfo Ausín
281-296 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Standard accounts of negative imperatives in Spanish assume that true negative imperatives are never possible. This paper argues that there is a clear contrast between singular and plural true imperatives. Whereas singular true imperatives can never be negated, many speakers accept plural true imperatives. None of the previous accounts expect such a contrast. This paper proposes a morphological approach to the lack of negative imperatives and argues that the Spanish negative marker is a clitic with specific morphological restrictions that prevent it from attaching to (some) true imperatives.

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Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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