[Lingtyp] fear + NEG
anvitaabbi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 07:16:59 UTC 2015
Hindi is one language with such structures. One example is given here.
*mujhe Dar hai ki vo aa na
1sg.Dat fear AUX COMP 3sg come NEG come
Literal: 'I am afraid that he does not come'
Prof. Anvita Abbi
Director: Centre for Oral and Tribal Literature
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President: Linguistic Society of India
On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM, Michael Daniel <misha.daniel at gmail.com>
> Dear all,
> below is a letter I post on behalf of Nina Dobrushina. If you have any
> references or ideas that you could share, please send them to her:
> nina.dobrushina at gmail.com (also in the copy above)
> Michael Daniel
> Dear all,
> could you give me hints on empirical evidence and literature about
> languages where the predicates of fear (‘fear’, ‘to be afraid’, ‘to worry’
> and the like) (tend to) have negation in the complement clause? I am aware
> of Russian, French (and other Romance languages), Japanese, and some Turkic
> languages like Kumyk. Two examples are provided below.
> Je crain-s que la lettre n’ arrive pas
> I fear COMPL DEF letter NEG come.SUBJ.3SG NEG
> LT: 'I am afraid that the letter does not arrive'
> (less literal 'I am afraid that the letter may not arrive')
> Japanese (example courtesy Tasaku Tsunoda):
> Nanika waru-i koto=ga oki-nak-at-ta=ka
> something bad-NPST thing=NOM happen-NEG-LINK-PST=Q
> LT: ‘[I] am worried whether something bad did not happen.’
> FT: ‘I am worried that something bad happened.’
> Nina Dobrushina
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