Where's where

Groot, C. de C.deGroot at UVA.NL
Sat Mar 19 16:09:13 UTC 2005

...nor Dutch, ...
Best, Casper

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	Van: Discussion List for ALT namens Richard Madsen 
	Verzonden: za 19-3-2005 16:05 
	Onderwerp: Re: Where's where

	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
	>Deutscher Platz 6, D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
	>Telephone: 49-341-3550321
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