The Diachrony of Negation Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

ISBN: 9789027259257

Published: October 15th 2014

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258 pages


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The Diachrony of Negation  by  Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen

The Diachrony of Negation by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen
October 15th 2014 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 258 pages | ISBN: 9789027259257 | 10.60 Mb

LabovOCOs idea that the vernacular is the most stable variety of a language raises questions especially where languages of wider communication are concerned. Whether the vernacular practices of a languageOCOs geographical varieties are convergentMoreLabovOCOs idea that the vernacular is the most stable variety of a language raises questions especially where languages of wider communication are concerned.

Whether the vernacular practices of a languageOCOs geographical varieties are convergent synchronically and historically can be established by looking at particular variables. One such variable is investigated in this paper on the co-occurrence of a clausal negator with a n-word (e.g. I didnOCOt do nothing, i.e. anything). The quantitative study of negative doubling in Quebec and France historical and contemporary vernacular sources demonstrates overall stability for France from the 14th century to the present.

That negative doubling is ten-fold more frequent in contemporary vernacular Quebec French than in contemporary vernacular France French may be dues to difficulty in accessing the vernacular in France French and in the presumed lesser impact of normative pressures in Quebec.

Tracking one variable over six centuries provides evidence that stability characterises vernacular varieties.



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