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Title
Jespersen cycles in Bantu : double and triple negation
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Abstract
This paper gives an overview of post-verbal negative marking in Bantu languages. It shows that, although Bantu studies tend to concentrate on negation marked on the verb itself, post-verbal negative markers are well represented within the Bantu domain and high concentrations can be found in zones B, C, H and L. It is argued that locative pronouns, possessive pronouns and negative ( answer) particles are recurrent sources of negative markers in Bantu languages. It is claimed that they take part in what is generally known as a Jespersen cycle: they initially reinforce the original negator and eventually become obligatory for the expression of negation resulting in a double negative construction. It will be shown that in Bantu languages a new Jespersen cycle can set in before the original negator has been lost, yielding triple negative constructions, which are much more rarely attested world-wide.
Language
French, English
Source (journal)
Journal of African languages and linguistics. - Dordrecht
Publication
Dordrecht : 2013
ISSN
0167-6164
Volume/pages
34:2(2013), p. 205-274
ISI
000327745500001
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Creation 12.12.2013
Last edited 14.09.2017
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