CUKUROVA UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF EDUCATION JOURNAL, vol.41, no.1, pp.105-116, 2012 (ESCI)
The purpose of this study is to explain the functions of imperative sentences in daily Turkish language within the framework of pragmatic theories. In this respect, the study first discusses the definitions and functions of imperative sentences in line with the studies about the functionality of imperative sentences in functional pragmatics. Then, the functions of imperative sentences in Turkish are explained. These explanations are based on the examples of sixteen different functions of imperative sentences in the Turkish language. The examples are selected from daily-language discourses. These examples are taken from speeches recorded and then transcribed. Each example shows a different function of imperative sentences. Before giving examples, the study briefly explains which imperatives refer to which acts with respect to pragmatic theories. The purpose of the study is to show that imperatives are used not only for commands or demands. The study reveals that the functions of imperative sentences are influenced by the status and age of a speaker in the interaction setting as well as the form and purpose of imperative sentences.