Sentential Negation in French
Oxford University Press, USA, 26 aug. 1998 - 256 pagini
This is the first full-length study of sentential negation phenomena in French. Paul Rowlett assesses, from a generative perspective, the respective contribution made to the expression of clausal polarity by ne, pas, and elements such as jamais and personne. His conclusions have far-reaching implications, leading to the controversial hypothesis that, despite widespread belief, French is not a negative concord language.
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affective agreement AgrS analysis appear approach argued arguments associated assume assumption auxiliaries base chapter claim clause co-occur conclude condition consequence consider constituent containing contexts contrast difference direct object discussion distinction distribution elements embedded English example fact feature NEG finite footnote functional further given Haegeman head illustrated imperatives infinitival infinitive inherently negative interpretation issue Italian jamais Jespersen's language lexical licensed lots mark modal Modern French move movement namely nature Neg Criterion negative adverbs negative marker negative operator NegP no-one nominal non-overt Note NPIs occupy operator overt personne position possible post-verbal pre-verbal predict presence projection proposed pseudopartitive quantifiers raise reading reason relationship relevant respect rien S-structure scope seems seen sentential negation souvent spec-head specifier SpecNegP Standard strings structure suggest supported syntactic syntax tion tive tout true ungrammaticality varieties Verb Movement Zanuttini
Pagina 96 - Les langues suivent ainsi une sorte de developpement en spirale: elles ajoutent des mots accessoires pour obtenir une expression intense; ces mots s'affaiblissent, se degradent et tombent au niveau de simples outils grammaticaux ; on ajoute de nouveaux mots ou des mots differents en vue de 1'expression; I'affaiblissement recommence, et ainsi sans fin.
Pagina 99 - There is one very important observation to be made, without which I do not think that we shall be able to understand the matter, namely that repeated negation [NC] becomes an habitual phenomenon in those languages only in which the ordinary negative element is comparatively small in phonetic bulk...
Pagina 37 - A' specifier position at LF. I would now like to state this scope requirement as resulting from the fact that such affective operators must fulfil at the appropriate level of representation...
Pagina 105 - Does not everything we see about us testify to the power of Divine Providence?
Pagina 11 - The Mirror Principle Morphological derivations must directly reflect syntactic derivations (and vice versa).
Pagina 99 - NC] becomes an habitual phenomenon in those languages only in which the ordinary negative element is comparatively small in phonetic bulk.... If this repetition is rarer in modern English and German than it was formerly, one of the reasons probably is that the fuller negative not and nicht have taken the place of the smaller ne and en.
Pagina 118 - A reflexive R must be bound in the domain D containing R and an X-bar compatible SUBJECT. If R is an X° (morphologically simple) reflexive, then its SUBJECTS are X° categories only, ie, Agr (as the only salient (c-commanding) head with pronominal features).
Pagina 171 - Empty Category Principle (ECP) A nonpronominal empty category must be properly governed...
Pagina 86 - In this connexion it is interesting and important to observe that repeated negation becomes an habitual phenomenon in those languages only in which the ordinary negative element is comparatively small in phonetic bulk : ne or n- in Old English and Russian.
Pagina 37 - The AFFECT criterion: a. Each AFFECTIVE X° must be in a spec-head relationship with an AFFECTIVE operator. b. Each AFFECTIVE operator must be in a spec-head relationship with an AFFECTIVE X°.
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