Negation and Negative Concord

The view from Creoles

Editors
| CNRS L2C2, Rutgers University
| University of Kentucky, Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (UMR 7110)
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While universally present in languages, negation is well-known to manifest a surprising cross-linguistic diversity of forms. In creole languages, however, negation and negative dependencies have been regarded as largely uniform. Creole languages as Bickerton claims in Roots of Language, generally exhibit negative concord, a construction popularly dubbed ‘double negation’, where several expressions, each negative on its own, come together with a logic-defying single negation interpretation. While this construction – problematic for compositionality if the meaning of sentences emerge from the meaning of their parts – has fostered much research, the fertile data terrain that creole languages offer for its understanding is rarely taken into account. Aiming at bridging this gap, this book offers a wealth of theoretically informed empirical investigations of negative relations in a wide variety of creole languages. Uncovering a far more complex negative landscape than previously assumed, the book reveals the challenging richness that a thorough comparative study of creoles delivers.
[Contact Language Library, 55]  2018.  x, 327 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
vii–x
Abbreviations and symbols
Negation and negative concord: The view from creoles
Viviane Déprez and Fabiola Henri
1–8
Part 1. French related Creoles
11–254
Sentential negation and negative words in Guadeloupean Creole
Simon Petitjean and Emmanuel Schang
11–32
What is negative in Haitian Creole? Negative Concord Items, sentential, constituent and expletive negation
Viviane Déprez
33–68
A lexicalist account of negation and negative concord in Mauritian
Fabiola Henri
69–100
Part 2. English related Creoles
103–171
Negation in Pichi (Equatorial Guinea): The case for areal convergence
Kofi Yakpo
103–124
Licensing negation and negative concord in Atlantic Creoles: The case of Vincentian
Paula Prescod
125–152
Negation in Singapore English
Luwen Cao and Zhiming Bao
153–170
Part 3. Portuguese related Creoles
173–255
Negation in Cape Verdean Creole: A parametric account
Marlyse Baptista and Emanuel Correia de Pina
173–190
Elements of denial in Capeverdean: The negator ka and the properties of n-words
Fernanda Pratas
191–210
Negation in Korlai Indo-Portuguese
J. Clancy Clements
211–224
Negation and negative concord in Guinea-Bissau Kriyol (in comparison with Portuguese, substrate-adstrate languages and other Portuguese Creoles)
Alain Kihm
225–255
Part 4. Other lexifier
257–9
Negation in Palenquero: Syntax, pragmatics, and change in progress
Armin Schwegler
257–288
Cross-linguistic negation contrasts in co-convergent contact languages
Peter Slomanson
289–311
Conclusions
Viviane Déprez and Fabiola Henri
313–9
Index
Erratum

The article Cross-linguistic negation contrasts in co-convergent contact languages by Peter Slomanson is free accessible, since an uncorrected version was printed.

Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2018036392