Negative polarity items in Ewe

Chris Collins, Paul M. Postal, Elvis Yevudey

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    Abstract

    Collins & Postal (2014) argue that English NPIs have two distinct syntactic structures: A unary NEG structure and a binary NEG structure. They suggest that this distinction is generally valid for natural languages. This formal difference was taken to reconstruct the common distinction in NPI studies between strong and weak NPIs. The present analysis of Ewe NPIs seeks to provide cross-linguistic support for this dual conception of NPIs by showing that the ke-NPIs in this language are all properly analyzed exclusively as unary NEG structures.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)331-365
    Number of pages35
    JournalJournal of Linguistics
    Volume54
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 1 2018

    Keywords

    • Bipartite negation
    • Events
    • Ewe
    • NEgative polarity items
    • Weak and strong NPIs

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Philosophy
    • Linguistics and Language

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