Article published in:Negation and Contact: With special focus on Singapore English
Edited by Debra Ziegeler and Zhiming Bao
[Studies in Language Companion Series 183] 2017
► pp. 63–80
A positive polarity focus particle under negation
Not also and the impact of pragmatic activation
This chapter reviews the three types of relations of negation with linguistic expressions. Items are in focus, or out of focus and in scope, or out of scope of negation. Out of scope is characteristic of positive polarity items, yet their relation to negation is modified in activated, discourse-old propositions. Thus of also in the direct scope of clausal negation, as demonstrated by this corpus study. A PPI being part of an activated proposition over which the negation ranges as a whole makes it unnecessary to compute an unavailable interpretation for the relation between the negative and the PPI. The significance of the work is to show the extensive intervention of activation for the interpretation of negation.
Published online: 31 May 2017
Cheung, Lawrence Yam-Leung
Cirillo, Robert J.
Déprez, Viviane, Tubau, Susagna, Cheylus, Anne & Espinal, Maria Teresa