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Kazakh esh-words and negative concord
Assem Amirzhanova, 2021, master's thesis

Keywords: Kazakh, semantics, negative concord, master's thesis
Published in RUNG: 23.02.2024; Views: 688; Downloads: 2
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Double negatives, Negative Concord and metalinguistic negation
Luis Alonso Ovalle, Elena Guerzoni, 2002, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: Spanish nadie, nada…) do not find a unified account in any of the existing analyses of Negative Concord (NC): (i) their uses in the special context of denials and (ii) their incompatibility with factive environments. We suggest that the unifying property of these two apparently unrelated phenomena is the common sensitivity of these two environments (denials and factives) to non-truthconditional aspects of meaning. Thereof we take these properties to reveal that the meaning of n-words involves a nontruthconditional component. Specifically, we explore the hypothesis that n-words are existential quantifiers at the truth-conditional level but that they contribute negative existentials at the level of their conventional implicatures. This hypothesis explains the special uses of n-words in denials and their incompatibility with factive environments. The fact that they are restricted to the scope of negation (or more precisely averidical expressions 1 (Giannakidou’s 1997,2000)) in non-sentence-initial position follows as a consequence of the relation between their implicature and their semantic contribution to the truth conditions of the sentences they appear in. Under certain common additional stipulations, this view can be extended to preverbal occurrences as well.
Keywords: negative concord, Italian, Spanish
Published in RUNG: 21.02.2024; Views: 525; Downloads: 0
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