Negative existentials: a cross linguistic study
2013 (English)In: Rivista di Linguistica = Italian Journal of Linguistics, ISSN 1120-2726, Vol. 25, no 1, 107-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study is to provide a cross-linguistic outline of the negation strategies in existential predications like ‘There are no mice in the basement’. It is found that there is a strong cross-linguistic tendency to use a special negation strategy in these predications. Furthermore, the special negators, labelled here ‘negative existentials’, show a number of similarities in terms of their semantics, morphosyntax, use and diachronic origin. In light of this, it is suggested that they represent a linguistic construction of its own, and in fact, a separate conceptual domain.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 25, no 1, 107-145 p.
negation, lexicalization, existence
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127551OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127551DiVA: diva2:910803