Negative Indefinites by Doris Penka

Negative Indefinites

byDoris Penka

Paperback | January 16, 2011

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In this book, Doris Penka delivers a cross-linguistic, unified analysis of the semantics and syntax of negative indefinites, as in the expressions nobody, nothing, no (as determiner), never and nowhere and their counterparts in other languages. While it is standard to assume that negativeindefinites behave like negative quantifiers, the author argues that these expressions are not inherently negative and are only licensed by a covert negation. In an analysis motivated by three phenomena found in the structure and semantics of negative indefinites in different languages - namely negative concord (in which multiple occurrences of negative constituents express a single negation), split readings (in which negative and indefinite parts takescope independently of each other), and the limited distribution of negative indefinites in Scandinavian languages - Doris Penka considers data from a wide range of languages and reviews the most recent literature on the semantics and syntax of negative indefinites. Her book will interest alllinguists working on negation in particular and the syntax-semantics interface more generally.

About The Author

Doris Penka is a postdoctoral researcher in the Zukunftskolleg and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her research focuses on the syntax-semantics interface, in particular the interaction of negation and quantification. Negative Indefinites is a reworking of her 2007 dissertation.

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Title:Negative IndefinitesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:January 16, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567271

ISBN - 13:9780199567270

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Negative Concord3. Split Scope of NIs in German4. Scope Splitting With Other Downward Entailing Quantifiers5. Distributional Restrictions in Scandinavian6. The Nature of the Licensing Relation7. Tests for the Quantificational Force of Negative Indefinites8. SummaryBibliographyIndex