Summary: scope of negation in Bengali
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A few weeks ago (LL 14.1549) I posted a question concerning the relative scope possibilities of the two negative markers `na' and `ni' in Bengali/Bangla, which Ramchand (2002) has analysed as negating events and propositions, respectively. This summarizes the responses:
* Sharbani Banerji is currently revising a PhD dissertation at the University of Hyderabad entitled Bangla Syntax; there are two chapters in which negation and scope are dealt with.
* Thomas Chacko (Bangalore) informs me that similar facts obtain in Malayalam: `illa' is a marker that apparently negates events, `alla' negates propositions.
* Beste Yolcu-Kamali reports that similar facts also obtainm in Russian: two negative morphemes are found, one negating events and the other propositions; this is dealt with in Meltem Kelepir's (2001) MIT dissertation `Topics in Turkish syntax: clausal structure and scope'.
University of York, UK
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