The Diachrony of Negation

ORCID logoMaj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen | The University of Manchester
Jacqueline Visconti | University of Genoa
ISBN 9789027259257 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027269881 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Despite intensive research, negation remains elusive. Its expression across languages, its underlying cognitive mechanisms, its development across time, and related phenomena, such as negative polarity and negative concord, leave many unresolved issues of both a definitional and a substantive nature. Such issues are at the heart of the present volume, which presents a twofold contribution. The first part offers a mix of large-scale typological surveys and in-depth investigation of the evolution of negation in individual languages and language families that have not frequently been studied from this point of view, such as Chinese, Berber, Quechua, and Austronesian languages. The second part centers on French, a language whose early stages are comparatively richly documented and which therefore provides an important test case for hypotheses about the diachrony of negative marking. Representing, moreover, a variety of theoretical approaches, the volume will be of interest to researchers on negation, language change, and typology.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 160] 2014.  v, 258 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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