grammaticalization of negatives/interrogatives
nostler at CHIBCHA.DEMON.CO.UK
Wed Mar 9 13:55:06 UTC 2005
Matti Miestamo wrote:
> I'd also be interested in any other cases of grammaticalization where a
> negative marker has developed into a question marker or vice versa.
Consider Quechua , where the -chu encltic marks Yes-No questions, but is
also a negative correlative marker.
spinning-acc know-you-CHU. Do you know how to spin?
ari, away-ta yacha-ni(-*chu)
yes, spinning-acc, know-I Yes, I know how to spin.
mana away-ta yacha-ni-chu
not spinning-acc. know-I-CHU. I don't know how to spin.
I don't know anything about the diachrony of this.
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