Middle English loses the negative particle 'ne' in its function as a sentential negator as well as in negative concord structures. This paper measures 'ne'-drop in both contexts with quantitative data from three syntactically parsed Middle English corpora. Surprisingly, the results show that the rate of 'ne'-loss with negative prepositional phrases (PPs) seems to be significantly slower than elsewhere. Different explanations for this observation are explored.
|Title of host publication||Current Issues in Medieval England|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||27|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9783631862957, 9783631863107|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Nov 2021|
|Name||Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature|
- Middle English negation, negative concord, Jespersen Cycle, negative PPs, parsed corpora, regression modelling