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On the Non-(Exhaustive adn Contrastively Focused) Constituent Negation in Slavic



Year of publication 2020
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Arts

Description Constituent negation is commonly thought to be a subtype of natural language negation which doesn’t exhibit too radical differences from the more usual verbal negation. In this paper I argue that at least Czech (as representant of Slavic) con- stituent negation is different. I argue that its semantics targets both at-issue meaning and focus alternative meaning. Evidence will come from the interpretational differences between English and Czech w.r.t. negated comparatives adjoined to NPs (like no more than two people) and from many other types of negated constituents. I argue that the cross-linguistic difference is explained if constituent negation is treated as focus oriented particle in Slavic unlike English no which targets scalar (but not focus) alternatives.
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