SOME REMARKS ON THE DIACHRONY OF FRENCH NEGATION

Ian Roberts

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Based on the history of negation in French, this paper proposes a parametrization of how languages may morphologically express the logical structure of negation provided by UG. It is argued that the change of French negation is driven by a general economy principle governing language acquisition, which favors shorter chains over longer ones. It is also claimed that this change correlates with a change in the determiner system which leads negative chains to develop from indefinite chains

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French Negation, Syntactic Change, Determiner System, Economy

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X