Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyond

| University of Vienna
| University of Vienna
| University of Vienna
ISBN 9789027206688 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027289391 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume deals with issues on negation patterns in languages of West Africa and the adjacent north and east. The first aim is to provide data on various aspects of negation in African languages. Although the topics addressed here reflect a great diversity of negation patterns, the following typological features have been identified to be prominent in our region: conflict or even incompatibility between negation and focus, use of other indirect means of negating non-indicative mood (covered under the term ‘Prohibitive’), different negation patterns in different Tense-Aspect-Moods (e.g. Imperfective vs. Perfective), lack of negative indefinites, and disjunctive negative marking (often referred to as ‘double negation’). The articles presented here show that areal factors have played a significant role in the development of negation strategies in the languages of West Africa and beyond. On the other hand genetic factors seem to be less prominent.
[Typological Studies in Language, 87]  2009.  vi, 368 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Norbert Cyffer
Negation of non-indicative mood in Hausa, Fulfulde and Kanuri
Georg Ziegelmeyer
The impact of clause types and focus control, aspect, modality, and referentiality on negation in Lamang and Hdi (Central Chadic)
H. Ekkehard Wolff
Quantification and polarity: Negative Adverbial Intensifiers (‘never ever’, ‘not at all’, etc.) in Hausa
Philip J. Jaggar
Negation patterns in Kanuri
Norbert Cyffer
Songhay verbal negation in its dialectal and areal context
Petr Zima
Negation in Jukun
Anne Storch
Negation marking in Igbo
Ozo-mekuri Ndimele
Aspects of discontinuous negation in Santome
Tjerk Hagemeijer
Negation in Gur: Genetic, areal and unique features
Kerstin Winkelmann and Gudrun Miehe
Double negation-marking: A case of contact-induced grammaticalization in West Africa?
Klaus Beyer
Negation in South Mande
Valentin Vydrin
From double negation to portmanteau: Comparative sentence negation in Northern Samo
Erwin Ebermann
The system of negation in Berber
Amina Mettouchi
Verb-object-negative order in central Africa
Matthew S. Dryer
Language index
Name index
Subject index
“This volume constitutes an important contribution to African linguistics which will contribute to a better understanding of negation in other African languages and also to the treatment of areal features.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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