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Books: Syntax/Historical Ling/Lang Acquisition: Horn (Ed)

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)

Message 1: The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)
Date: 29-Jun-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: The Expression of Negation: Horn (Ed)
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Title: The Expression of Negation Series Title: The Expression of Cognitive Categories [ECC] 4 Published: 2010 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Laurence R Horn Electronic: ISBN: 9783110219302 Pages: 343 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110219296 Pages: 343 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

Negation is a sine qua non of every human language but is absent fromotherwise complex systems of animal communication. In many ways, it isnegation that makes us human, imbuing us with the capacity to deny, tocontradict, to misrepresent, to lie, and to convey irony. The apparentsimplicity of logical negation as a one-place operator that toggles truth andfalsity belies the intricate complexity of the expression of negation in naturallanguage. Not only do we find negative adverbs, verbs, copulas, quantifiers,and affixes, but the interaction of negation with other operators (includingmultiple iterations of negation itself) can be exceedingly complex to describe,extending (as first detailed by Otto Jespersen) to negative concord, negativeincorporation, and the widespread occurrence of negative polarity itemswhose distribution is subject to principles of syntax, semantics, andpragmatics. The chapters in this book survey the patterning of negativeutterances in natural languages, spanning such foundational issues as hownegative sentences are realized cross-linguistically and how that realizationtends to change over time, how negation is acquired by children, how it isprocessed by adults, and how its expression changes over time. Specificchapters offer focused empirical studies of negative polarity, pleonasticnegation, and negative/quantifier scope interaction, as well as detailedexaminations of the form and function of sentential negation in modernRomance languages and Classical Japanese.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Pragmatics                             Semantics                             Sociolinguistics                             Applied Linguistics                             Communications                             Language Acquisition                             Syntax
Subject Language(s): Old Japanese (ojp) Language Family(ies): Romance
Written In: English (eng )

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