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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Query Subject:   Negation in Contemporary French
Author:   Bruno Estigarribia Fioravanti
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Hello everyone,

I'm currently writing a brief account of negation in
contemporary French and I'm having trouble finding articles and/or books
that aren't dated or that provide some original enlightenment. My claim
would be, basically, that we need to abandon the idea of "ne" dropping
to explain the different surface forms of negation. Instead, one could
contend, for instance, that the basic negation is a simple, postponed
one, and that one has to account for the appearance of "ne", not for its
It may lead nowhere, but perhaps it's an idea worth examining.
I'll summarize. Thanks to everyone.

Bruno Estigarribia Fioravanti
Universite Paris V-Rene Descartes-Sorbonne
Departement de Linguistique generale et appliquee

LL Issue: 12.1713
Date posted: 03-Jul-2001


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