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The morphologization of negation constructions in Nalca (Mek, Tanah Papua), or, how nothing easily moves to the middle of a word
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0256-6855
Number of Authors: 12018 (English)In: Linguistics, ISSN 0024-3949, E-ISSN 1613-396X, Vol. 56, no 6, p. 1413-1461Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Mek language Nalca has undergone a rapid synthetization of verbal negation by way of two successive stages of asymmetric negation, the first one involving referential zeroing with a verbal noun, the second one reintroducing person marking with an auxiliary in analogy to non-verbal predicates. This development can be traced in texts in the more conservative closely related Mek language Eipo. Referential zeroing originally had the connotation of absolute negation (more than the denial of one specific event). As Nalca negation was integrated into inflectional morphology, it developed some of the hallmarks of autonomous morphology - morphomes and empty morphs. Nalca negation illustrates how grammaticalization and analogy can go hand-in-hand. The fusion of verbal negation is a case of the morphologization of a construction which does not occur in isolation but in concert with other similar processes, together entailing a fragmentation of negation marking. Finally, the Nalca development shows that cases of fusion of verbal negation must be taken into account when dealing with the interplay of existential negation and verbal negation in terms of cyclic processes.

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2018. Vol. 56, no 6, p. 1413-1461
Keywords [en]
negation, Nalca, Mek languages, existential, verbal noun, prohibitive, morphome, synthesis, grammaticalization, analogy, historical linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162890DOI: 10.1515/ling-2018-0027ISI: 000449112300005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-162890DiVA, id: diva2:1273493
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2011-1444Available from: 2018-12-21 Created: 2018-12-21 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved

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