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What is prohibitive mood?

 

Definition
 

Prohibitive mood is a directive mood that signals a prohibition. It is distinguished by

 
  • the use of a negated imperative sentence that employs a negative marker distinct from that used in declarative sentences, or
  • a verb form different from that of the imperative.
Example (Greenlandic Eskimo)
 

Here is an example of prohibitive mood, which is signaled by the negative infinitive:

 
una attornagu
this disturb_NEGATIVE_INFINITIVE_3SINGULAR
‘Do not disturb this.’
 
Source:

Sadock and Zwicky 1985 176

Generic
  Prohibitive mood is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 176, 228

 

Bybee 1985 173

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 185

 

Sadock and Zwicky 1985 175–176


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