Negation and Negative Concord

The view from Creoles

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| CNRS L2C2, Rutgers University
| University of Kentucky, Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (UMR 7110)
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ISBN 9789027201928 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
 
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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
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Déprez, Viviane & Jeremy Daniel Yeaton
2022. On the prosody of French ambiguous multiple negative sentences.. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 7:1 Crossref logo
van der Auwera, Johan
2022. Nominal and pronominal negative concord, through the lens of Belizean and Jamaican Creole. Linguistics 60:2  pp. 505 ff. Crossref logo

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Erratum

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

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