LINGUIST List 13.2045

Thu Aug 8 2002

Qs: DP as a Phase, Negation/Intonational Marking

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  1. Jonny Butler, DP as a phase
  2. Bert Remijsen, intonational marking of negation

Message 1: DP as a phase

Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 07:38:16 +0000
From: Jonny Butler <>
Subject: DP as a phase


I'm looking for work on the notion that DP is a phase alongside CP and
vP, and I'm not having much luck. There's some evidence in Radford's
(2000) paper on NP-shells; apart from that, the tendency seems to be
for people to assume that DP just *is* a phase. Certainly, they get
good results by making that assumption, but justification for it is
otherwise scarce.

If anyone has done/is doing any work, or knows of any work, on this
subject, I'd be very grateful to hear about it. I will of course post
a summary.


Jonny Butler

Dept of Language & Linguistic Science
University of York
York YO10 4LB
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Message 2: intonational marking of negation

Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2002 11:11:14 +0000
From: Bert Remijsen <>
Subject: intonational marking of negation

Does anybody know about languages that mark negation by means of
intonation? I found no reference to prosodic marking of negation in
Dahl's 1997 typology of sentence negation in 'Linguistics'. On the
other hand, I have come across two languages for which it is reported
- Lindstrom (2002 - PhD diss Univ. of Stockholm) reports that in the
Austronesian language Kuot, a segmental marker of negation is
invariably accompanied by an utterance-final fall-rise
contour. Secondly, Roemer (1991 'Studies in Papiamentu tonology')
describes a combination of tone shift and downstep, which accompanies
a segmental negation-marking morpheme in the creole Papiamentu.

Does anybody know of languages in which negation is marked exclusively
by means of prosody, i.e., in the absence of a segmental
(morphological or syntactic) encoding? Or do you know other languages
showing phenomena where the marking of negation has a secundary
prosodic component, like Kuot and Papiamentu? I would be grateful for
your any replies, and I will post a summary of them to this list.

Dr. Bert Remijsen
Leiden University						
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