The Morphosyntax of Negative Markers

The Morphosyntax of Negative Markers

Author: Karen De Clercq

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501513756

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 262

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This book applies the tools of nanosyntax to the natural language phenomenon of negation. Most work on negation is concerned with the study of sentence negation, while low scope negation or constituent negation is hardly ever systematically discussed in the literature. The present book aims to fill that gap, by investigating scopally different negative markers in a sample of 23 typologically diverse languages. A four-way classification of negative markers is argued for and it is shown how meaningful syncretism patterns arise across those four groups of negative markers in the language sample investigated. The syncretisms are meaningful in that they track the natural semantic scope of negation, and provide support to the idea that morphology is not arbitrary, but points to submorphemic structure. Consequently, this study leads to a decomposition of the negative morpheme into five privative features: Tense, Focus, Classification, Quantity and Negation proper. Finally, the book argues that sentence, constituent and lexical negation can all be treated in the same module of the grammar, i.e. syntax.
The Morphosyntax of Negative Markers
Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: Karen De Clercq
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-06-08 - Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

This book applies the tools of nanosyntax to the natural language phenomenon of negation. Most work on negation is concerned with the study of sentence negation, while low scope negation or constituent negation is hardly ever systematically discussed in the literature. The present book aims to fill that gap, by
The Morphosyntax of Imperatives
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: Daniela Isac
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-08-20 - Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book studies the properties of imperative clauses in the context of a theory of Universal Grammar. Daniela Isac argues that the specificity of imperative clauses cannot be the result of a unique imperative Force feature; instead, the `type' of imperative clauses can be traced back to a plurality of
Exploring Nanosyntax
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Lena Baunaz, Liliane Haegeman, Karen De Clercq, Eric Lander
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-06 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Exploring Nanosyntax provides the first in-depth introduction to the framework of nanosyntax, which originated in the early 2000s as a formal theory of language within Principles and Parameters framework. Deploying a radical implementation of the cartographic "one feature - one head" maxim, the framework provides a fine-grained decomposition of morphosyntactic
The Morphosyntax of the Algonquian Conjunct Verb
Language: en
Pages: 330
Authors: Julie Brittain
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-10-31 - Publisher: Routledge

The book investigates the synatctic distribution of the Algonquian Conjuct verb from the theoretical perspective of the Minimalist Program.
Aspects of the Morphosyntax of Tarifit Berber
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: Abdel El Hankari
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-08-25 - Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Tarifit Berber is one of the less-studied Berber languages. This book is a comprehensive investigation of the overarching themes which lie at the heart of the morphosyntax of Berber. This includes a grammatical description of parts of speech, the inflectional classes of nouns, the construct state, word order, clitics, and