Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Expression and Interpretation of Negation

An OT Typology

Authors: de Swart, Henriëtte

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  • This book is unique in its combination of syntactic and semantic formalization in the analysis developed and the wide empirical coverage of data offered
  • Is valuable in its development of bi-directional Optimality Theory as an empirically viable theory of grammar and a typology of the syntax-semantics interface
  • Distinctively combines a surface-oriented syntax with a fully compositional semantics
  • Offers the most refined analysis so far of instances of double negation in negative concord languages
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This study in cross-linguistic semantics explores the territory where logic, natural language and typology meet. While we can all understand the semantics of negation in its role of altering truth values, this ambitious book aims to take the reader much further. A unified analysis of the linguistic ‘behavior’ of negation is hampered by the myriad variations in its syntax and semantics in languages around the world. This is true not just for the expression of negatives, but for their interpretation too.

De Swart deploys the framework of bi-directional Optimality Theory to develop a typology of the relationship between syntax and semantics in negation markers and negative indefinites. In this model, syntactic and semantic constraints act in concert to define the grammar of a language. Some languages are ‘double negative’, some ‘negative concord’, and others belong to subclasses identified by ‘strict negative concord’ ‘nonstrict negative concord’ or ‘negative spread’.

In addition to the above, the author analyses intermediate cases, and examines complex instances of double negation occurring in negative concord languages. Her OT analysis of the Jespersen cycle brings together typological and diachronic variation. This book’s unique combination of theoretical precision and wide empirical coverage make it essential reading for any researcher approaching semantic typology from a logical, linguistic or cognitive perspective.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Expression and Interpretation of Negation
Book Subtitle
An OT Typology
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
77
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-3162-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-3162-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-3161-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3118-9
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 279
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