Negation and Polarity: Syntactic and Semantic Perspectives

Paperback | July 1, 2000

EditorLaurence R. Horn, Yasuhiko Kato

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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 andrules. 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 ofnegation and negative polarity phenomena and their implications for linguistic theory are the main themes of this book.

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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 andrules. This asymmetry in function and form po...

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.
Format:PaperbackPublished:July 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198238738

ISBN - 13:9780198238737

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c IntroductionLaurence R. Horn and Yasuhiko Kato: Negation and Polarity at the Millennium1. Liliane Haegeman: Negative Preposing, Negative Inversion, and the Split CP2. Yasuhiko Kato: Interpretive Asymmetries of Negation3. Ljiljana Progovac: Coordination, C-Command, and 'Logophoric' N-Words4. Jack Hoeksema: Negative Polarity ItemsTriggering, Scope, and C-Command5. Laurence R. Horn: Pick a Theory (any Theory)Indiscriminatives and the Free-Choice Indefinite6. Paul Portner and Raffaella Zanuttini: The Force of Negation in Wh Exclamatives and Interrogatives7. William A. Ladusaw: Thetic and Categorical, Stage and Individual, Weak and Strong8. Masa-aki Yamanashi: Negative Inference, Space Construal, and Grammaticalization

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