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Title: Aspects of English Negation
Edited By: Yoko Iyeiri
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20132

This book contains eleven carefully selected papers, all discussing
negative constructions in English. The aim of this volume is to bring
together empirical research into the development of English negation and
analyses of syntactic variations in Present-day English negation. The first
part "Aspects of Negation in the History of English" includes six
contributions, which focus on the usages of the negative adverbs ne and
not, the decline of negative concord, and the development of the auxiliary
do in negation. Most of the themes discussed here are then linked to the
second part "Aspects of Negation in Present-day English". Especially, the
issue of negative concord is repeatedly explored by three of the five
papers in this part, one related to British English dialects in general,
another to Tyneside English, and the other to African American Vernacular
English. This book uniquely highlights the importance of continuity from
Old English to Present-day English, while, in its introduction, it provides
a useful detailed survey of previous studies on English negation.

Table of contents

Acknowledgement vii
List of contributors ix
List of abbreviations xi

Introduction: Studies on English Negation and the Present Volume
Yoko Iyeiri 1–11

I. Aspects of Negation in the History of English

Negative Constructions in Old English: The Question of Cynewulf's Authorship
Jun Terasawa 15–25

Variable Features of Negative Elements in Old English Psalter Glosses
Michiko Ogura 27–38

On Grammaticalization of Negative Adverbs, with Special Reference to
Jespersen's Cycle Recast
Ohkado Masayuki 39–58

"I not say" Once Again: A Study of the Early History of the "not + finite
verb" Type in English
Yoko Iyeiri 59–81

Decline of Multiple Negation Revisited
Hideo Nishimura 83–92

A History of the Negative Interrogative do in Seventeenth- to
Nineteenth-Century Diaries and Correspondance
Fujio Nakamura 93–111

II. Aspects of Negation in Present-day English

Negative Concord in British English Dialects
Lieselotte Anderwald 113–137

No, nay, never: Negation in Tyneside English
Joan C. Beal and Karen P. Corrigan 139–157

A Corpus-based Study of the haven't NP Pattern in American English
Naohiro Takizawa 159–171

Negation in African American Vernacular English
Darin Howe 173–203

Subjective Meanings of Except-linkage in Present-day English in Comparison
with Including
Mitsumi Uchida 205–227

Name Index 229–231
Subject Index 233–239

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027232318
ISBN-13: 9789027232311
Pages: xii, 239
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