Johan van der Auwera

List of John Benjamins publications for which Johan van der Auwera plays a role.




Postverbal negation

Edited by Olga Krasnoukhova, Johan van der Auwera and Mily Crevels

Special issue of Studies in Language 45:3 (2021) v, 208 pp.
Subjects Functional linguistics | Theoretical linguistics | Typology

Modal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages

Edited by Johan van der Auwera and Patrick Dendale

[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 14] 2000. vi, 264 pp.
Subjects Germanic linguistics | Romance linguistics | Semantics | Syntax

Universals of Language

Edited by Michel Kefer and Johan van der Auwera

[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 4] 1989. 192 pp.
Subjects Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Cognition and language | Philosophy | Pragmatics | Semantics
Subjects Pragmatics | Semantics


Krasnoukhova, Olga, Johan van der Auwera and Mily Crevels 2021 Postverbal negation: Typology, diachrony, arealityPostverbal negation, Krasnoukhova, Olga, Johan van der Auwera and Mily Crevels (eds.), pp. 499–519
The paper sketches the state of affairs of our understanding of postverbal negation. It departs from the typological finding that there is a cross-linguistic preference for a negator to precede the verb. Nevertheless, a sizable proportion of the world’s languages adhere to a pattern with a negator… read more | Introduction
Krasnoukhova, Olga and Johan van der Auwera 2019 Negation in Kulina: A double polarity swapJournal of Historical Linguistics 9:2, pp. 208–238
This study reconstructs the development of a negative existential and a negative pro-sentence in the Arawan language Kulina (Brazil-Peru). We demonstrate that the two elements forming the negative existential construction nowe (hi)ra- are involved in a double polarity swap: (i) an originally… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der 2017 Englishes, English creoles and their negative indefinitesNegation and Contact: With special focus on Singapore English, Ziegeler, Debra and Zhiming Bao (eds.), pp. 115–149
This is a typological study of negative indefinites, i.e., the counterparts to standard English nobody and nothing, in Englishes, primarily the New Englishes, and in English Creoles. Particular attention goes to “Negative Concord” (“NC”), i.e. the exponence of negation through both a negative… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der and Frens Vossen 2017 Kiranti double negation: A copula conjectureLinguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 40:1, pp. 40–58
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
Auwera, Johan van der and Frens Vossen 2016 Jespersen cycles in the Mayan, Quechuan and Maipurean languages*Cyclical Change Continued, Gelderen, Elly van (ed.), pp. 189–218
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
Auwera, Johan van der and Lauren Van Alsenoy 2016 On the typology of negative concordStudies in Language 40:3, pp. 473–512
This paper has three main points. First, contrary to what is often stated, negative concord is not all that frequent and certainly not the most frequent strategy to express single clausal negation in a clause with an indefinite noun phrase or adverbial in the scope of the negation. Second, the… read more | Article
Alsenoy, Lauren Van and Johan van der Auwera 2015 Indefinite pronouns in Uralic languagesNegation in Uralic Languages, Miestamo, Matti, Anne Tamm and Beáta Wagner-Nagy (eds.), pp. 517–546
In this paper, different types of indefinite pronouns and adverbs that can occur in negative sentences in the Uralic languages will be described and discussed against a wider typological background. It will be shown that Uralic languages display the typological default strategy as to the… read more | Article
This chapter uses Factiva® to examine recent evolution in the occurrence of verbal modal expressions in the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, in contrast with American and British newspapers. Previous research established that the frequency of the modals is decreasing in both British… read more | Article
Alsenoy, Lauren Van and Johan van der Auwera 2014 On the relation between double clausal negation and negative concordThe Diachrony of Negation, Mosegaard Hansen, Maj-Britt and Jacqueline Visconti (eds.), pp. 13–46
Negative concord and double clausal negation are separate phenomena, which show some striking similarities, the main similarity being the fact that negation is formally expressed more than once, but semantically only once. These similarities have led scholars to hypothesize on whether and how these… read more | Article
Vossen, Frens and Johan van der Auwera 2014 The Jespersen cycles seen from AustronesianThe Diachrony of Negation, Mosegaard Hansen, Maj-Britt and Jacqueline Visconti (eds.), pp. 47–82
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
Auwera, Johan van der 2013 Semantic maps, for synchronic and diachronic typologySynchrony and Diachrony: A dynamic interface, Giacalone Ramat, Anna, Caterina Mauri and Piera Molinelli (eds.), pp. 153–176
This paper presents classical maps as accounts of both the synchronic polysemy of constructions and of their gradual semantic developments. This presentation is set against the background of a critique of the usefulness of classical semantic maps, voiced by the proponents of a newer kind of map, a… read more | Article
Gast, Volker and Johan van der Auwera 2013 Chapter 6. Scalar additive operators in Transeurasian languages: A comparison with EuropeShared Grammaticalization: With special focus on the Transeurasian languages, Robbeets, Martine and Hubert Cuyckens (eds.), pp. 113–146
This article provides a survey of scalar additive operators such as Turkish bile, Japanese sae, Korean cocha ‘even’, etc. and related expressions in a sample of thirteen Transeurasian languages. The data is presented and interpreted against the background of evidence from European languages and… read more | Chapter
Auwera, Johan van der 2012 From contrastive linguistics to linguistic typologyContrastive Linguistics and other Approaches to Language Comparison, Hüning, Matthias and Barbara Schlücker (eds.), pp. 69–86
The paper looks back at Hawkins (1986), A comparative typology of English and German, and shows, on the basis of raising and human impersonal pronouns in English, Dutch and German, that contrastive linguistics can be viewed as a pilot study in typology. It also pleads for doing the contrastive… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der, Dirk Noël and Astrid De Wit 2012 The diverging need (to)’s of Asian EnglishesMapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide: Corpus-Based Studies of New Englishes, Hundt, Marianne and Ulrike Gut (eds.), pp. 55–76
This paper proffers a corpus-based study of the modal auxiliary need and its lexical counterpart need to in four Asian varieties of English, viz. Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippine and Indian English, in comparison to British and American English. We investigate the distribution of need and need to… read more | Article
This paper presents a contrastive study of the human impersonal pronouns man in Swedish and men in Dutch. Both impersonal pronouns are etymologically derived from man ‘human being’ and they more or less have the same meaning. However, there are important differences in the usage of these pronouns.… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der 2009 Chapter 3. The Jespersen cyclesCyclical Change, Gelderen, Elly van (ed.)
Auwera, Johan van der, Petar Kehayov and Alice Vittrant 2009 Acquisitive modalsCross-linguistic Semantics of Tense, Aspect, and Modality, Hogeweg, Lotte, Helen de Hoop and Andrej L. Malchukov (eds.), pp. 271–302
The paper explores the fact that ‘get’ etymons may acquire modal meanings. It tries to fit this fact into the modal map proposal of van der Auwera & Plungian (1998) and concludes that the map has to be revised, in part because the lexical input, the predicates meaning ‘get/acquire’ allow more than… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der and Hana Filip 2008 (Tense), aspect, mood and modality – an imperfect 2008 state of the art reportUnity and Diversity of Languages, Sterkenburg, Piet van (ed.), pp. 201–214
De Cuypere, Ludovic, Johan van der Auwera and Klaas Willems 2007 Double negation and iconicityInsistent Images, Tabakowska, Elżbieta, Christina Ljungberg and Olga Fischer (eds.), pp. 301–320
Typological research suggests that double negation - the use of two negative markers to denote one negative meaning - is a popular strategy amongst a wide variety of languages. This paper focuses on two types of double negation. The first type, exemplified by Fr. Je ne chante pas ‘I don’t sing’,… read more | Article
Auwera, Johan van der, Ludovic De Cuypere and Annemie Neuckermans 2006 Negative indefinites: A typological and diachronic perspective on a Brabantic constructionTypes of Variation: Diachronic, dialectal and typological interfaces, Nevalainen, Terttu, Juhani Klemola and Mikko Laitinen (eds.), pp. 305–319
Auwera, Johan van der and Ewa Schalley 2004 From optative and subjunctive to irrealisSeduction, Community, Speech: A Festschrift for Herman Parret, Brisard, Frank, Michael Meeuwis and Bart Vandenabeele (eds.), pp. 87–96
Montoliu, César and Johan van der Auwera 2004 On Judeo-Spanish conditionalsBalkan Syntax and Semantics, Mišeska Tomić, Olga (ed.), pp. 461–474
Auwera, Johan van der 2002 More thoughts on degrammaticalizationNew Reflections on Grammaticalization, Wischer, Ilse and Gabriele Diewald (eds.), pp. 19–29
Auwera, Johan van der 2001 On the typology of negative modalsPerspectives on Negation and Polarity Items, Hoeksema, Jack, Hotze Rullmann, Víctor Sánchez-Valencia and Ton van der Wouden (eds.), pp. 23–48
Auwera, Johan van der and Bert Bultinck 2001 On the lexical typology of modals, quantifiers, and connectivesPerspectives on Semantics, Pragmatics, and Discourse: A Festschrift for Ferenc Kiefer, Kenesei, István and Robert M. Harnish (eds.), pp. 173–186
Auwera, Johan van der and Patrick Dendale 2000 IntroductionModal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages, Auwera, Johan van der and Patrick Dendale (eds.), pp. v–vi
Auwera, Johan van der 1997 Conditional perfectionOn Conditionals Again, Athanasiadou, Angeliki and René Dirven † (eds.), pp. 169 ff.
Auwera, Johan van der 1992 Free RelativesLayered Structure and Reference in a Functional Perspective: Papers from the Functional Grammar Conference, Copenhagen, 1990, Fortescue, Michael, Peter Harder and Lars Kristoffersen (eds.), pp. 329 ff.
Kefer, Michel and Johan van der Auwera 1989 IntroductionUniversals of Language, Kefer, Michel and Johan van der Auwera (eds.), pp. 7–8
König, Ekkehard and Johan van der Auwera 1988 Clause integration in German and Dutch conditionals, concessive conditionals, and concessivesClause Combining in Grammar and Discourse, Haiman, John and Sandra A. Thompson (eds.), pp. 101 ff.
Auwera, Johan van der 1983 On the Relativization of Embedded SubjectsStudies in Language 7:2, pp. 277–281
Auwera, Johan van der 1983 Review of Pollock (1982): Language and ThoughtStudies in Language 7:3, pp. 451–454