When the Hatter tells Alice how he upset Time, at the Queen’s concert, he begins to demonstrates how this occurred:
”We quarrelled last March - just before he went mad, you know -“ (pointing with his teaspoon at the March Hare,) “it was at the great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing
‘Twinkle, twinkle little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!’
“You know the song perhaps?”
“I’ve heard something like it,” said Alice.
“It goes on, you know,” the Hatter continued, in this way-
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
The Dormouse seems to take the “twinkle” part of the above as a command:
Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep - “Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle -“
Therefore, are there linguistic reasons for the Dormouse to assume that the Hatter is addressing him as a “bat,” and is commanding him to sing the word “twinkle,” at least four times?