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Title: Negation Patterns in West African Languages and Beyond
Edited By: Norbert Cyffer
Erwin Ebermann
Georg Ziegelmeyer
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 87

This volume deals with issues on negation patterns in languages of West
Africa and the adjacent north and east. The first aim is to provide data on
various aspects of negation in African languages. Although the topics
addressed here reflect a great diversity of negation patterns, the
following typological features have been identified to be prominent in our
region: conflict or even incompatibility between negation and focus, use of
other indirect means of negating non-indicative mood (covered under the
term 'Prohibitive'), different negation patterns in different
Tense-Aspect-Moods (e.g. Imperfective vs. Perfective), lack of negative
indefinites, and disjunctive negative marking (often referred to as 'double
negation'). The articles presented here show that areal factors have played
a significant role in the development of negation strategies in the
languages of West Africa and beyond. On the other hand genetic factors seem
to be less prominent.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027206688
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289391
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