Article published in:The Diachrony of Negation
Edited by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Jacqueline Visconti
[Studies in Language Companion Series 160] 2014
► pp. 167–184
Berber negation in diachrony
The morphosyntax of negation in Berber is rich and complex, and appears to be the outcome of multiple processes that have taken place over different time-periods from prehistory to the present day. The most noteworthy issue is the tendency towards a redundant marking of negation, not only by means of discontinuous morphemes (circumfixes) but also through the use of special “negative verb stems” – a feature that is attested in nearly all of the Berber-speaking area, regardless of the type of negative affixes in use. In this paper, I attempt to single out the main processes that have led to the present stage, taking into account the etymologies of prefixal and suffixal negative morphemes, the origin of negative stems and the role of the so-called Jespersen’s cycle in the evolution of Berber negation.
Published online: 24 October 2014
1996 Quelques remarques préliminaires sur la négation en berbère. In Chaker & Caubet (eds), 9‒22.
Chaker, Salem & Caubet, Dominique
1996 La négation en tarifit. In Chaker & Caubet, 49–77.
1996 La négation dans les langues du Maghreb: Synthèse. In Chaker & Caubet (eds), 177‒195.
van Putten, Marijn
1996 De la négation en berbère: les données algériennes. In Chaker & Caubet (eds), 23–48.
van der Auwera, Johan
van der Auwera, Johan, Vossen, Frens & Devos, Maud