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Polarity-reversing Affrimative Particles: A Feature of Standard Average European (SAE)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Polaritetsomvändande Affirmativa Partiklar : Ett Kännetecken av Standard Average European (SAE) (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Polarity-reversing affirmative particles are a phenomenon that has largely been overlooked

in previous research. A polarity-reversing affirmative particle is used to express disagreement

with the polarity of a preceding negative statement. It is a typical answer strategy in

Swedish, German, Dutch as well as in French. In fact, findings from previous cross-linguistic

studies suggest, though without further detail, that polarity-reversing affirmative particles are

a phenomenon predominantly found in European and more specifically in Germanic languages

(Da Milano 2004; Roelofsen & Farkas 2015; Moser 2018). The aim of this study is to examine the

hypotheses presented in Moser (2018). The goals are to investigate the distribution of polarity-reversing affirmative particles in Europe on the one hand, and to examine the phenomenon

in Swedish, German, Dutch and French from a diachronic perspective on the other hand. On

the basis of these endeavors, this study is embedded in the framework of areal typology. This

study brings forth highly interesting findings in view of the discussion of Standard Average

European and the Charlemagne Sprachbund.

Abstract [sv]

Polarity-reversing affirmative particles (sv. polaritetsomvändande affirmativa partiklar) är ett

fenomen som har förbisetts i tidigare forskning. En polarity-reversing affirmative particle används för att uttrycka oenighet med ett negativt påstående. Det är en vanlig strategi i svenska, tyska, nederländska samt franska. Tidigare resultat från tvärspråkliga studier visar att

polarity-reversing affirmative particles oftast förekommer i europeiska, mer specifikt germanska

språk (Da Milano 2004; Roelofsen & Farkas 2015; Moser 2018). Denna studie ämnar undersöka

resultaten från de ovannämnda studierna. Målet är således att undersöka distributionen

av polarity-reversing affirmative particles i Europa samt att undersöka fenomenet i svenska,

tyska, nederländska och franska från ett diakroniskt perspektiv. Denna studie anknyter till ett

arealtypologiskt perspektiv. Resultaten påvisar intressanta rön med direkt relevans för Standard

Average European och i den så kallade Charlemagne-arean.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 95
Keywords [en]
polarity-reversing affirmative particle, linguistic area, European languages
Keywords [sv]
polartitetspartikel, lingvistik område, europeiska språk, jo
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169945DiVA, id: diva2:1328022
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