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Negative cycles and grammaticalization

Maj‐Britt Mosegaard Hansen

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199586783.013.0046

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Negative cycles and grammaticalization

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This article analyses the grammaticalisation of the negative linguistic cycles. It suggests that it is plausible to assume that negation must be a universal feature of language and that negation appears to invariably receive overt expression in language. It considers the form of clause negation that is considered most basic in a given language, which applies productively in declarative main clauses, and which does not involve quantifiers. It also discusses Jespersen's cycle.

Keywords: negative linguistic cycle; grammaticalisation; language; clause negation; declarative main clauses; Jespersen's cycle

Article.  3975 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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