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Negation in Dravidian languages: A descriptive typological study on verbal and non-verbal negation in simple declarative sentences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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Over the years the typology of negation has been much described and discussed. However, focus has mainly been on standard negation. Studies on non-verbal negation in general and comparative studies covering the complete domain of non-verbal negation in particular are less common. The strategies to express non-verbal negation vary among languages. In some languages the negation strategy employed in standard negation is also used in non-verbal negation. Several researchers have argued that languages express negation of non-verbal predications using special constructions. This study examines and describes negation strategies in simple declarative sentences in 18 Dravidian languages. The results suggest that the majority of the Dravidian languages included in this study express standard negation by the use of a negative suffix while non-verbal negation is expressed by a negative verb. Further distinctions are made in the negation of non-verbal predications in that different negation markers are used for attributive and existential/possessive predications respectively.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110811OAI: diva2:772967
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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