[Lingtyp] coordination and predicate negation
gil at eva.mpg.de
Sat Jun 6 15:58:36 UTC 2015
Hebrew and Indonesian are two languages which have constructions of the
form NEG V OR V, ie. like the ungrammatical Russian (2), without the
On 06/06/2015 20:33, Alexander Letuchiy wrote:
> Dear Matthew,
> Sure, I also consider that the reason for English is the presence of
> the auxiliary.
> However, what I want is to try to think of it a bit broader: is it
> true that an English-like situation is never observed in languages
> without an auxiliary? If yes, what does it tell us of the negation
> syntax? If no, what is the difference between Russian and some other
> languages where negation can be expressed once?
> From: m.baerman at surrey.ac.uk
> To: alexander_letuchiy at hotmail.com
> Subject: FW: [Lingtyp] coordination and predicate negation
> Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:18:07 +0000
> Hi Sasha
> I’m no syntactician, so forgive me for stating the obvious, but I
> would imagine that the explanation for the English state of affairs is
> the auxiliary, which hosts the negation. Since auxiliaries in English
> can have multiple complements, you can get away with one auxiliary,
> hence one negation.
> *From:*Lingtyp [mailto:lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] *On
> Behalf Of *Alexander Letuchiy
> *Sent:* 06 June 2015 14:47
> *To:* lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org
> *Subject:* [Lingtyp] coordination and predicate negation
> Dear colleagues,
> Are you aware of any linguistic work on coordination in constructions
> with predicate negation?
> One of the questions which I am interested in is why in some languages
> (English) the negation can be expressed once (1), while in others
> (Russian) it must be expressed twice (3), while (2) is ungrammatical:
> (1) He does not read books or watch TV.
> (2) *On ne chitaet knigi i / ili smotrit televizor
> he NEG reads books and / or watches TV
> Intended: 'He does not read books and / or watch TV'.
> (3) On ne chitaet knigi i ne smotrit televizor
> he NEG reads books and NEG watches TV
> 'He does not read books and does not watch TV'.
> Thanks a lot in advance,
> Sasha Letuchiy, Moscow
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