I really had not anticipated that there would be many examples of imperative mood in the sources used in a paper written by students in the spring of 2000. Their task was to find authentic examples for a number of grammatical categories, including "command."
I'd thought that might be an area where they would have to say "I didn't find any examples." However, the work on the paper proved me wrong. One of the real values of corpus work is finding out what really happens in language in use--rather than just guessing about how the resources of a language are used in communication.
Here are the imperatives
that they provided in their papers.
What an interesting range of uses for this grammatical form. I see at least these subdivisions:
A. Instructions to teachers for activities to use in teaching content--reminding us that parts of textbooks are aimed at the teacher rather than the studentsBased on this small sample, how might we need to reconsider our work on teaching students about imperatives? When they read these commands, what are they to make of them?
Let me know your comments and questions. Thanks.