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Davison, Alice. 1978. Negative scope and rules of conversation: Evidence from an OV language. In Cole, Peter, ed. Syntax and semantics 9: Pragmatics. Academic Press. pp. 23–45.
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Language as a subject


A study of negation in Hindi-Urdu. As a result of the fact that in this language indefinite NPs have no special form under negation (in contrast to e.g. English 'none') and that the negative element occupies a fixed place in the sentence, the same sentence may mean 'Today no one came' and 'Today someone didn't come'. Usually the ambiguities are resolved by the interaction of grammar with semantic and pragmatic principles.