The Expression of Negation

The Expression of Negation

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  • ISBN
    9783110253160 / 311025316X
  • Title The Expression of Negation
  • Author
  • Category Semantics
    Phonetics, Phonology
    Grammar, Syntax
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2011
  • Pages 349
  • Publisher
    Walter de Gruyter & Co
  • Imprint Walter de Gruyter & Co
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 155mm x 230mm

Annotation

Negation is at the core of human language; without negation there can be no denial, contradiction, irony, or lies. This book examines the form and function of negative sentences in a variety of languages and offers surveys of the acquisition of negation by children, its processing by adults, and its historical development.

Publisher Description

Negation is at the core of human language; without negation there can be no denial, contradiction, irony, or lies. This book examines the form and function of negative sentences in a variety of languages and offers state-of-the-art surveys of the acquisition of negation by children, its processing by adults, its historical development, and its interaction with other operators and predicates within natural language sentences. Topics covered include the nature of negative polarity, the phenomenon of pleonastic or illogical negation, and the role of morphological, syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and typological factors in negative expression.

Author Biography

Laurence R. Horn, Yale University, New Haven, USA.

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