The Pragmatics of Negation

Negative meanings, uses and discursive functions

Malin Roitman | University of Stockholm
ISBN 9789027256881 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027264947 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Negation is one of the most discussed phenomena within linguistics, on all language levels though it never seems to be exhausted. This operator establishes complex sentence structures and constantly challenges – from a cognitive, syntactical, semantic and morphologic viewpoint – presuppositions on language internal relations as rational and logic. It therefore arouses interest through all fields within language sciences. From a pragmatic perspective, where negation is conceived a marked structure, using negation often produces meanings beyond the one of a reversed affirmation "it is not the case that X”. This book explores the various uses and pragmatic meanings of negation in authentic communication, in different text types and in different languages, predominately romance languages. The multilingual composition marries a macro-micro perspective where aspects of genre, sociocultural context, memory, rhetoric and argumentation interplay with the negative morpheme’s nature and embedded instructions. This broad approach makes this book a unique contribution to negation studies and to pragmatics in general. The book is important and enriching reading for scholars in all linguistic domains, but particularly for researchers in semantics, pragmatics, argumentation and, discourse analysis.

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 283] 2017.  ix, 270 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“After syntax and semantics, negation has become a central topic for pragmatics. This collective book is one of the first tackling the pragmatics of negation, from different perspectives (formal and functional), as well as from different traditions (Grice and Ducrot). A milestone for anyone who is concerned by research on linguistic negation.”
The Pragmatics of Negation focuses on pragmatic effects of negation in Spanish, French, English and Korean. This book addresses various issues such as the reinforcements of negatives, the polyphony of negative sentences, and the role of negation as an argumentative tool. It will be of great use to the scholars and students interested in negation and more widely in pragmatics. The book offers valuable insights of the complexity of the use and understanding of negation in communicative situations. It is a significant and useful contribution to the domain of negation and more widely, to pragmatics.”
“There is no doubt that negation is one of the most exciting subjects in the field of semantics, but one of the driest. By reading this book, one discovers that negation is not only a logic operator but also a place where various voices and various speakers meet.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041508 | Marc record