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Negative Existentials: A Cross-linguistic study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6852-9021
2013 (English)In: Rivista di Linguistica = Italian Journal of Linguistics, ISSN 1120-2726, Vol. 25, no 1, 107-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to provide a cross-linguistic outline of thenegation strategies in existential predications like ‘There are no mice in thebasement’. It is found that there is a strong cross-linguistic tendency to usea special negation strategy in these predications. Furthermore, the specialnegators, labelled here ‘negative existentials’, show a number of similaritiesin terms of their semantics, morphosyntax, use and diachronic origin. In lightof this, it is suggested that they represent a linguistic construction of its own,and in fact, a separate conceptual domain

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2013. Vol. 25, no 1, 107-146 p.
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negation of existence, lexicalization of negation, negative existentials, semantic domains, linguistic typology
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98383OAI: diva2:683658
Lexicalization of negation and its role for the development of standard negationTypology of negative existentials
Swedish Research CouncilRiksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-01-06 Created: 2014-01-06 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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