Negation and Polarity: Syntactic and Semantic Perspectives

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Laurence R. Horn, Yasuhiko Kato
OUP Oxford, 03.08.2000 - 282 Seiten
Negation is a central feature of language and cognition, interacting with all areas of grammar as well as with the philosophy of language. Whereas there is a cross-linguistic uniformity in logical and semantic aspects of negation, there is a diversity of syntactic and morphological forms and rules. This asymmetry in function and form poses problems for syntactic and universal grammar theory and for the study of the interface between syntax and discourse. It is particularly evident in negative polarity–words and phrases which can appear only in negative sentences. The exploration of negation and negative polarity phenomena and their implications for linguistic theory are the main themes of this book.
 

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Negative Preposing Negative Inversion and the Split CP
21
Interpretive Asymmetries of Negation
62
Coordination CCommand and Logophoric Nwords
88
Negative Polarity Items Triggering Scope and CCommand
115
Pick a Theory Not Just Any Theory Indiscriminatives and the FreeChoice Indefinite
147
The Force of Negation in Wh Exclamatives and Interrogatives
193
Thetic and Categorical Stage and Individual Weak and Strong
232
Negative Inference Space Construal and Grammaticalization
243
Further Reading
255
Index of Names
265
Index of Topics
268
Index of Languages
271
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Handbook of Pragmatics
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Über den Autor (2000)

Laurence R. Horn is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics at Yale University. His primary research interest is located within the union (if not the intersection) of traditional logic, neo-Gricean pragmatic theory, lexical semantics, and the analysis of negation.

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