- On the lack of stranded negated quantifiers and inverse scope of negation in Romance
- Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory
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- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
The Germanic languages allow floating negated quantifiers (The children have not all not eaten) while the Romance languages do not. The Germanic languages also allow negation to take inverse scope over a universal quantifier (All the children have not eaten) whereas the Romance languages are very restrictive in their handling of ∀¬ word order. Based mainly on the theory of negation in Zeijlstra (2004), the Stranding Analysis of floating quantifiers of Sportiche (1988) and Giusti (1990), and the Neg Stranding Hypothesis of Cirillo (2009), it will be argued that these two differences between Germanic and Romance are attributable to one sole difference: Negation is a functional category in Romance but not in Germanic.
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- Proceedings title: Romance Languages And Linguistic Theory 2011: selected papers from "Going Romance" Utrecht 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
Place of publication: Amsterdam and Philadelphia
Editors: S. Baauw, F.A.C. Drijkoningen, L. Meroni, M. Pinto
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