List of John Benjamins publications for which Frens Vossen plays a role.
It is shown how Kiranti languages often express a semantically single clausal negation of a declarative verbal main clause with two clausal negators. We conjecture that the second negator has its origin in a copula and that the reinterpretation and integration of the copula into a negative… read more | Article
Jespersen cycles in the Mayan, Quechuan and Maipurean languages*. Cyclical Change Continued, Gelderen, Elly van (ed.), pp. 189–2182016.
This study looks for evidence for the Jespersen Cycle, which is typically the development from one single negator to another one via a strengthening stage in which both are present, in the Mayan, Quechuan and Maipurean languages. For Mayan and Quechuan languages the evidence is solid, and what is… read more | Article
The Jespersen cycles seen from Austronesian. The Diachrony of Negation, Mosegaard Hansen, Maj-Britt and Jacqueline Visconti (eds.), pp. 47–822014.
Most work on the so-called ‘Jespersen Cycle’ has been done on the languages of Europe, less on languages of Africa. In this paper the authors look at Austronesian languages, with the aim to determine to what extent Austronesian doubling is compatible with a Jespersen cycle scenario. The properties… read more | Article