The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.
The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin
Syntactic Issues in the English Imperative
This book investigates long-standing problems in the syntactic analysis of the English imperative. Most earlier works within the generative tradition have claimed that the syntax of imperatives idiosyncratically and irreducibly differs from that of other English clauses. This work argues that, on the contrary, the imperative has a largely regular syntax which is fully compatible with current formal grammars of English. The putative differences reside primarily in three domainsthe behavior of the auxiliary verbs