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Ervin-Tripp, Susan M. 1976. Is Sybil there? The structure of some American English directives. Language in Society 5 (1) : 25–66. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404500006849
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E. argues that except for hints and questions not mentioning what is desired, directives do not require inference from a prior literal interpretation. Instead, where knowledge of obligations and prohibitions is shared, simple interpretation rules suffice, allowing prompt understanding.