The Diachrony of Negation
Despite intensive research, negation remains elusive. Its expression across languages, its underlying cognitive mechanisms, its development across time, and related phenomena, such as negative polarity and negative concord, leave many unresolved issues of both a definitional and a substantive nature. Such issues are at the heart of the present volume, which presents a twofold contribution. The first part offers a mix of large-scale typological surveys and in-depth investigation of the evolution of negation in individual languages and language families that have not frequently been studied from this point of view, such as Chinese, Berber, Quechua, and Austronesian languages. The second part centers on French, a language whose early stages are comparatively richly documented and which therefore provides an important test case for hypotheses about the diachrony of negative marking. Representing, moreover, a variety of theoretical approaches, the volume will be of interest to researchers on negation, language change, and typology.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 160] 2014. v, 258 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
The diachrony of negation: IntroductionMaj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Jacqueline Visconti | pp. 1–12
On the relation between double clausal negation and negative concordLauren Van Alsenoy and Johan van der Auwera | pp. 13–46
The Jespersen cycles seen from AustronesianFrens Vossen and Johan van der Auwera | pp. 47–82
The development of standard negation in Quechua: A reconstructionEdith Pineda-Bernuy | pp. 83–130
Taiwanese Southern Min V2 negation: A historical perspectiveHui-Ling Yang | pp. 131–166
Berber negation in diachronyVermondo Brugnatelli | pp. 167–184
The grammaticalization of negative indefinites: The case of the temporal/aspectual n-words plus and mais in Medieval FrenchMaj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen | pp. 185–212
Evidence from a correspondence corpus for diachronic change in French indefinites 1450–1715Richard P. Ingham and Amel Kallel | pp. 213–234
The continuity of the vernacular: The evolution of negative doubling in FrenchPierre Larrivée | pp. 235–256
Index | pp. 257–258
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
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