The History of Low German Negation

Hardcover | October 25, 2014

byAnne Breitbarth

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This book examines the diachronic development of negation in Low German, from Old Saxon up to the point at which Middle Low German is replaced by High German as the written language. It investigates both the development of standard negation, or Jespersen's Cycle, and the changing interactionbetween the expression of negation and indefinites in its scope, giving rise to negative concord along the way. Anne Breitbarth shows that developments in Low German form a missing link between those in High German, English, and Dutch, which have been much more widely researched. These changes areanalysed using a generative account of syntactic change combined with minimalist assumptions concerning the syntax of negation and negative concord. The book provides the first substantial, diachronic analysis of the development of the expression of negation through the Old Saxon and Middle Low German periods, and will be of interest not only to students and researchers in the history of German, but also to all those working on the syntax ofnegation from a diachronic and synchronic perspective.

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This book examines the diachronic development of negation in Low German, from Old Saxon up to the point at which Middle Low German is replaced by High German as the written language. It investigates both the development of standard negation, or Jespersen's Cycle, and the changing interactionbetween the expression of negation and indefi...

Anne Breitbarth is Lecturer in Historical German Linguistics at Ghent University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:October 25, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199687285

ISBN - 13:9780199687282

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The expression of standard negation3. Indefinites in the scope of negation4. Theoretical background5. The development of negation in Low German6. Conclusion