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LINGUIST List 21.2750

Tue Jun 29 2010

Books: Syntax/Historical Ling/Lang Acquisition: Horn (Ed)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)

Message 1: The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)
Date: 29-Jun-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)
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Title: The Expression of Negation
Series Title: The Expression of Cognitive Categories [ECC] 4
Published: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110219296-1

Editor: Laurence R Horn
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219302 Pages: 343 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219296 Pages: 343 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Abstract:

Negation is a sine qua non of every human language but is absent from
otherwise complex systems of animal communication. In many ways, it is
negation that makes us human, imbuing us with the capacity to deny, to
contradict, to misrepresent, to lie, and to convey irony. The apparent
simplicity of logical negation as a one-place operator that toggles truth and
falsity belies the intricate complexity of the expression of negation in natural
language. Not only do we find negative adverbs, verbs, copulas, quantifiers,
and affixes, but the interaction of negation with other operators (including
multiple iterations of negation itself) can be exceedingly complex to describe,
extending (as first detailed by Otto Jespersen) to negative concord, negative
incorporation, and the widespread occurrence of negative polarity items
whose distribution is subject to principles of syntax, semantics, and
pragmatics. The chapters in this book survey the patterning of negative
utterances in natural languages, spanning such foundational issues as how
negative sentences are realized cross-linguistically and how that realization
tends to change over time, how negation is acquired by children, how it is
processed by adults, and how its expression changes over time. Specific
chapters offer focused empirical studies of negative polarity, pleonastic
negation, and negative/quantifier scope interaction, as well as detailed
examinations of the form and function of sentential negation in modern
Romance languages and Classical Japanese.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Applied Linguistics
                            Communications
                            Language Acquisition
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Old Japanese (ojp)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng )

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