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FYI: Papers from the Negation Workshop at WOCAL7

Author: Dmitry Idiatov

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

FYI Body: The abstracts and presentations from the workshop ''The history of post-verbal negation in African languages'' held on August 23, 2012, Buea, Cameroon, as part of the 7th World Congress of African Linguistics are now available at:



Maud Devos (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren)
Dmitry Idiatov (LLACAN-CNRS, Paris)


Ekkehard H. Wolff (Leipzig University & Adama University) ''On post-verbal negation in Chadic''

Melanie Viljoen (Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University & SIL Cameroon) ''Negation in Buwal: Order, form and meaning''

Dmitry Idiatov (CNRS-LLACAN) ''On the history of clause-final negation in the Mande languages of the Bani - upper Mouhoun rivers area''

Sabine Littig & Ulrich Kleinewillinghöfer (Gutenberg Universität, Mainz) ''Negation patterns in Sama-Duru languages (Central Adamawa)''

Paulette Roulo-Doko (LLACAN-CNRS) ''Le marqueur de négation ná en gbaya''

Maud Devos (Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren) ''Possessive pronouns as post-verbal negative markers in Bantu languages: functional motivation and history''

Eva-Marie Ström (University of Gothenburg) ''Locative interrogative as origin of the postverbal negative marker in Ndengeleko''

Vera Wilhelmsen (Uppsala University) ''Post-verbal negation in Rangi (F33) and Mbugwe (F34): a Jespersen's cycle''

Helma Pasch (Universität zu Köln) ''Negation patterns in Zande''

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