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Prince, Ellen F. 1976. The syntax and semantics of Neg-Raising, with evidence from French. Language 52 (2) : 404–426.
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Neg-raising, illustrated with English and French examples (e.g. as applied in 'I don't think that Hilda is a genius' as opposed to 'I think that Hilda is not a genius'), is interpreted as a hedging device. It is said to be applicable only in sentences containing a kind of pseudo-performative, which itself functions like a hedge.