Negation in Gapping

Paperback | January 22, 2009

bySophie Repp

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This book presents a cross-linguistic investigation of the behaviour of negation in gapping sentences. Sophie Repp focusses on German and English with reference to Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Slovak. She shows that these languages exhibit important differences in the interaction ofgapping and negation and further that no account in the literature explains why this should be. Dr Repp also argues that the precise interpretation of an elided negation depends on varying combinations of syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and prosodic factors. Illustrating her argument by theinterpretation of the negation in examples such as "Pete hasn't got a video and John a DVD", "Pete didn't clean the whole flat and John laze around all afternoon", and "To Mary, Pete didn't say anything and to Sue, only that he was hungry", Dr Repp questions a basic assumption in the analysis ofgapping: that the meaning of the two conjuncts must be parallel in the elided material. This leads her to a wide-ranging discussion of the interpretation of scope and the nature of negation. She then proposes a syntactic analysis that both takes into account the interaction of the grammaticalinterfaces and is at the same time compatible with more general assumptions of current generative theory. She concludes by considering the implications of her findings for linguistic theory more generally.

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This book presents a cross-linguistic investigation of the behaviour of negation in gapping sentences. Sophie Repp focusses on German and English with reference to Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Slovak. She shows that these languages exhibit important differences in the interaction ofgapping and negation and further that no acco...

Sophie Repp is a Research Associate in Linguistics at the Humboldt University Berlin.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:January 22, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199543615

ISBN - 13:9780199543618

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Syntax of Clausal Negation: The Distributed Readings in Main Verb Gapping3. The RIght Kind of Contrast: Narrow Scope Readings4. Negation and the Speech Act5. Finiteness in Gapping6. Summary