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Query Details


Query Subject:   Negation Systems
Author:   Claire Lampp
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Typology
Genetic Classification
Subject Language(s):  Hindi


Query:   Dear Linguists,

I am a graduate student working on a master’s thesis dealing with the
development of systems of negation. More specifically, I am looking at the
three negators in Hindi. Bhatia (1995) has classified these as ''mat''
(non-honorific imperative), ''na'' (subjunctive, honorific, imperative,
conditional, participial and gerundive phrases), and ''nahĩ:'' (elsewhere).
Thus far most of the research I am aware of has focused on the formal
split in their development. I am looking for information on other
languages with multiple negators whose use is divided along similar
functional lines. Information on the historical development of such systems
would be especially welcome. Thank you for your help.
LL Issue: 16.1627
Date posted: 21-May-2005



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