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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization
EditorsBernd Heine , Heiko Narrog
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199586783
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks in Linguistics
PublisherOxford University Press


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