grammaticalization of negatives/interrogatives

David Gil gil at EVA.MPG.DE
Sat Mar 12 10:49:39 UTC 2005

> David Gil wrote:
>> Although this is now quite far from
>> Matti's original inquiry, I'd be interested to know whether there are
>> any other languages in which a content word has assumed a secondary
>> usage as a marker of emphatic denial.
> In your dreams!
> Nicholas Ostler

Oops:  I meant a content INTERROGATIVE word.  Sorry.

David Gil

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