Expletive negation (EN) is commonly considered to be a unitary phenomenon cross-linguistically (Horn 1989; Van Der Wouden 1994; Makri 2013). I will provide empirical arguments to show that in fact EN consists of distinct subtypes and I will propose a twofold partition between weak and strong EN. Moreover, I will propose an analysis of a specific case of EN in Italian I dubbed “Surprise Negation Sentences” showing that their proprieties are the result of interaction of independent syntactic principles.

A Twofold Classification of Expletive Negation

matteo greco
2019

Abstract

Expletive negation (EN) is commonly considered to be a unitary phenomenon cross-linguistically (Horn 1989; Van Der Wouden 1994; Makri 2013). I will provide empirical arguments to show that in fact EN consists of distinct subtypes and I will propose a twofold partition between weak and strong EN. Moreover, I will propose an analysis of a specific case of EN in Italian I dubbed “Surprise Negation Sentences” showing that their proprieties are the result of interaction of independent syntactic principles.
978-1-57473-474-4
expletive negation; negation; Surprise sentences
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