Where's where

Richard Madsen norrv at HUM.AU.DK
Sat Mar 19 15:05:21 UTC 2005

Dear all,

to the best of my knowledge neither Hungarian, nor Danish uses
interrogatives as emphatic negators.


David Gil <gil at EVA.MPG.DE> den 19. marts 2005 kl. 13:33 +0000 skrev:
>Dear all,
>As we have seen, there has been a minor deluge of reports of languages
>in which 'where' (or some other content interrogative word) is used to
>express emphatic negation.  But as is typically the case, nobody has
>thought of offering data of a negative character, to say that "Well in
>this language there's nothing of the sort".  Given that the attestations
>of the phenomena in the LINGTYP discussion so far would seem to span a
>single isogloss extending from German through the Middle-East and South
>Asia all the way to Indonesia, I am curious to know whether the absence
>of any attestations from, say, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, the
>Americas, and various other regions is reflective of a real absence, or,
>as is often the case, an absence of attention on our part as linguists.
>Hence this call: please send me examples of languages in which (you are
>sure that) the phenomenon of 'where' or some other content interrogative
>word being used to express emphatic negation is NOT present.  One such
>language is English.  Please let me know of others.  Of course, I would
>still be interested in examples of other languages which have the
>If I get enough responses, I will post a summary (perhaps even a map).
>David Gil
>[currently in Indonesia]
>Department of Linguistics
>Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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