Negative cycles

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Abstract

Crosslinguistically, negatives change in a cyclical fashion. A particular negative weakens and is renewed by another element. In this article, I provide examples of two distinct negative cycles, one using an indefinite phrase and the other a verbal head as renewal. The examples are taken from Indo-European, Uralic, Athabaskan-Eyak-Tlingit, Haida, Afro-Asiatic, and Chinese. I also provide an account of both cycles using phrase structures and economy principles as in generative grammar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-243
Number of pages49
JournalLinguistic Typology
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • Economy
  • Grammaticalization
  • Indefinite
  • Linguistic cycle
  • Negation
  • Negative concord
  • Negative verbs
  • Syntax

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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Negative cycles. / Van Gelderen, Elly.

In: Linguistic Typology, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2008, p. 195-243.

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Van Gelderen, Elly. / Negative cycles. In: Linguistic Typology. 2008 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 195-243.
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