Expletive negation (EN) is commonly considered to be a unitary phenomenon cross-linguistically codified (cfr. Horn 1989; Van Der Wouden 1994; Makri 2013). I will provide empirical arguments to show that in fact EN consists of distinct subtypes and propose a twofold partition between weak and strong EN. Moreover, I will highlight a previously unnoticed instance of Italian EN clauses I dubbed “Surprise Negative Sentences” (Snegs). Snegs are distinct from any other EN clauses because of their grammatical proprieties, which can be caught by a specific syntactic representation.

A TWOFOLD CLASSIFICATION OF EXPLETIVE NEGATION

Matteo Greco
2018

Abstract

Expletive negation (EN) is commonly considered to be a unitary phenomenon cross-linguistically codified (cfr. Horn 1989; Van Der Wouden 1994; Makri 2013). I will provide empirical arguments to show that in fact EN consists of distinct subtypes and propose a twofold partition between weak and strong EN. Moreover, I will highlight a previously unnoticed instance of Italian EN clauses I dubbed “Surprise Negative Sentences” (Snegs). Snegs are distinct from any other EN clauses because of their grammatical proprieties, which can be caught by a specific syntactic representation.
978-1-57473-474-4
Negation - expletive negation
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12076/5202
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact