Re: Negation and construction grammar

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Dr. John Bateman (bateman@darmstadt.gmd.de)
Wed, 4 Nov 1998 12:19:48 +0100 (MET)


> an analysis > > of negative sentences in which the negation is not located in any specific > > lexical item? Has anyone developed such an analysis? how specific does the `analysis' have to be for you? Many kinds of negation are for example in Systemic-Functional analyses attributed to the interpersonal metafunction which are realized as `prosodies' (in an extended Firthian-sense) which therefore run through the grammatical unit as a whole, rather than appearing at particular points in structure. Well known cases being the negative prosody running through the sentences: I never saw no-one nowhere. vs. I didn't see anyone anywhere. Both involve negative prosodies but with differing realizations. An early example of discussion of such examples is given in: @incollection{Matthiessen88-benson, key = "Matthiessen", author = "Matthiessen, Christian M.I.M.", year = 1988, title = "Representational Issues in Systemic-functional grammar", editor = "Benson, James D. and Greaves, William S.", booktitle = "Systemic-functional approaches to discourse", address = "Norwood, N.J.", publisher = "Ablex Pub. Corp.", note = "Also available as USC/Information Sciences Institue Reprint Series Report ISI/RS-87-179"}. There are given a number of teasers for representations in unificational frameworks.... John Bateman. -- Dr. John A. Bateman tel.:+44/1786-467504 Language and Communication Research fax.:+44/1786-466210 Department of English Studies University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, U.K.


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