Two negations for the price of one

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Thornton, Rosalind ; Notley, Anna ; Moscati, Vincenzo ; Crain, Stephen (2016)
  • Publisher: Ubiquity Press
  • Journal: Glossa: a journal of general linguistics (issn: 2397-1835, eissn: 2397-1835)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5334/gjgl.4
  • Subject: child language | negation in English | double negation | learnability | double negation; negative concord; child language; learnability; negation in English | P101-410 | Linguistics, language acquisition, negation, negative concord, double negation | negative concord | Language. Linguistic theory. Comparative grammar

Standard English is typically described as a double negation language. In double negation ­languages, each negative marker contributes independent semantic force. Two negations in the same clause usually cancel each other out, resulting in an affirmative sentence. Other... View more
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