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LINGUIST List 17.74

Thu Jan 12 2006

Books: Typology: Miestamo

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Standard Negation: Miestamo

Message 1: Standard Negation: Miestamo
Date: 30-Dec-2005
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Standard Negation: Miestamo

Title: Standard Negation
Subtitle: The Negation of Declarative Verbal Main Clauses in a Typological Perspective
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology 31
Published: 2005
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-3110185792-1&l=E

Author: Matti M Miestamo, University of Helsinki
Hardback: ISBN: 3110185792 Pages: xiv, 490 Price: Europe EURO 98.00
Hardback: ISBN: 3110185792 Pages: xiv, 490 Price: U.S. $ 137.20 Comment: for USA, Canada, Mexico


This book is the first cross-linguistic study of clausal negation based on
an extensive and systematic language sample. Methodological issues,
especially sampling, are discussed at length. Standard negation - the basic
structural means languages have for negating declarative verbal main
clauses - is typologized from a new perspective, paying attention to
structural differences between affirmatives and negatives. In symmetric
negation affirmative and negative structures show no differences except for
the presence of the negative marker(s), whereas in asymmetric negation
there are further structural differences, i.e. asymmetries. A distinction
is made between constructional and paradigmatic asymmetry; in the former
the addition of the negative marker(s) is accompanied by further structural
differences in comparison to the corresponding affirmative, and in the
latter the correspondences between the members of (verbal etc.) paradigms
used in affirmatives and negatives are not one-to-one. Cross-cutting the
constructional-paradigmatic distinction, asymmetric negation can be further
divided into subtypes according to the nature of the asymmetry. Standard
negation structures found in the 297 sample languages are exemplified and
discussed in detail. The frequencies of the different types and some
typological correlations are also examined. Functional motivations are
proposed for the structural types - symmetric negatives are
language-internally analogous to the linguistic structure of the
affirmative and asymmetric negatives are language-externally analogous to
different asymmetries between affirmation and negation on the functional
level. Relevant diachronic issues are also discussed.

The book is of interest to language typologists, descriptive linguists and
to all linguists interested in negation.

MATTI MIESTAMO works at the Department of General Linguistics, University
of Helsinki, Finland.


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