[Lingtyp] fear + NEG

Anvita Abbi anvitaabbi at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 07:16:59 UTC 2015

Dear All,
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

Sahitya Akademi

Rabindra Bhavan

35, Ferozeshah Road

New Delhi 110 001
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.
> French:
> 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
> sinpai=da
> something        bad-NPST    thing=NOM    happen-NEG-LINK-PST=Q
> worried=COP.NPNST
> LT: ‘[I] am worried whether something bad did not happen.’
> FT: ‘I am worried that something bad happened.’
> Thanks,
> Nina Dobrushina
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