Article published in:Perspectives on Negation and Polarity Items
Edited by Jack Hoeksema, Hotze Rullmann, Víctor Sánchez-Valencia and Ton van der Wouden
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 40] 2001
► pp. 331–356
Negation as failure
This study hypothesises that neg-raising is a cognitive phenomenon which arises while the human mind is processing the content of the sentence under the normal assumption of closed world. A ‘neg-raised sentence’ conveys an epistemic attitude towards the proposition expressed by the subordinate clause. The hedge consists in making it clear that a certain conclusion is compatible with the current information state, but cannot be proven.
Published online: 17 May 2001
Cited by 2 other publications
Choi, Yoonhee & Chungmin Lee
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