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Title: Negative concord in English and Romance
Subtitle: Syntax-Morphology interface conditions on the expression of negation
Written By: Susagna Tubau
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series 187

Negative Concord in English and Romance: Syntax-Morphology Interface
Conditions on the Expression of Negation studies the distribution of the
sentential negative marker (not, no, non, etc.) and n-words such as nobody,
nothing and the like in Standard English, Non-Standard varieties of English
and a number of Romance languages.

The author shows that the restrictions observed in the field of negation
(i.e. whether the negative marker can or cannot co-occur with n-words, for
example) follow from the interaction of syntax and morphology. Languages
may disallow, to different extents, redundancy of certain kinds of
linguistic features (e.g. negative features) in given contexts. Whenever
too many negative features co-occur in a syntactically-defined particular
domain, languages resort to a number of ‘repair’ morphological operations
that manipulate the output of syntax in different ways. This results in a
fair amount of variation in the systems of negation and Negative Concord
(i.e. the fact that in a given language more than one apparently negative
element results in just one semantic negation) across languages.

This study opens up a new line of research in placing the phenomenon of
Negative Concord in the syntax-morphology interface. Moreover, by assuming
that variation across languages with respect to Negative Concord is the
result of how sensitive languages are to some morphological constraint and
how they use a limited number of repair operations when the latter is
violated by the syntactic output, Standard English, Non-Standard varieties
of English and Romance languages such as Catalan and Spanish can be
uniformly analysed.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): Romance
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789078328612
Pages: 316
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