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Title: The Evolution of Negation
Subtitle: Beyond the Jespersen Cycle
Edited By: Pierre Larrivée
Richard Ingham
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/174115?format=G
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 235
Description:

Why do grammars change? The cycle of negation proposed by Jespersen is
crucially linked to the status of items and phrases. The definition of criteria
establishing when a polarity item becomes a negative element, and the
identification of the role of phrases for the evolution of negation are the two
objectives pursued by the contributions to this volume.

The contributions look at the emergence of negative items, and their relation
within a given sentence, with particular reference to English and French. The
comparative perspective supports the documentation of the fine-grained
steps that shed light on the factors that (i) determine change and those that
(ii) accompany actuation, which are considered through a dialogue between
functionalist and formalist approaches. By looking at the place of negation in
the architecture of the sentence, they take up the debate as to the relevance
of phrasal projections and consider the role of features. Focusing on the
make-up of individual items makes it possible to re-conceptualise the
Jespersen cycle as the apparent result of the documented evolution patterns
of individual (series of) items. This novel perspective is solidly grounded on
an extensive use of the complete, up to date bibliography, and will contribute
to shape future research.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110238617
Pages: 350
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ISBN-13: 9783110238600
Pages: 350
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95