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Negation and virtual argumentation

Arie Verhagen

in Constructions of Intersubjectivity

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226702
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226702.003.0002
Negation and virtual argumentation

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This chapter discusses concepts on negation and perspectives such as mental spaces and sentential vs. morphological negation. It describes conventional linguistic constraints on intersubjective coordination, including the let alone construction, usage of barely and almost, and the negation system for intersubjective coordination. Some unsolved let alone problems include non-semantic negative polarity, pragmatic point in first conjunct, and the development of the meaning of let alone. It also provides solutions to the let alone concept by making syntactic and semantic negative polarity coincide, aligning semantics and pragmatics, and understanding the historical development of let alone. The chapter also expounds double negation and shows why not impossible does not equal possible.

Keywords: negation; let alone construction; grammar; intersubjectivity; mental spaces; syntactic negative polarity; pragmatics; semantic negative polarity; double negation; virtual argumentation

Chapter.  21407 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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