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Inman, David & Morrison, Ruth: Negation in Nanti: Syntactic Evidence for Head and Dependent Negators

In this paper we argue that, despite a lack of morphological markers on its negators, Nanti shows syntactic evidence for two negation strategies in the main clause: head negation and modifier negation. The head negator motivates the construction of a hierarchy of forms, and the interaction of the main clause negators motivates an additional head feature. We then extend the analysis to a previously unconsidered negator in the language. Finally, our analysis is implemented and tested in a grammar based on the LinGO Grammar Matrix.

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Created: October 15, 2014
Last modified: December 10, 2021

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