Negation in Uralic Languages

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  • Editors: Matti Miestamo1, Anne Tamm2, and Beáta Wagner-Nagy3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027268648

The grammaticalized expression of negation is a linguistic universal. This volume deals with negation in the Uralic language family in a typological perspective. As in no other major language family before, a comprehensive typological questionnaire provides the basis for the chapters documenting negation in 17 languages. Most of them are endangered. The chapters highlight negative auxiliary verbs—the special Uralic feature—and their ways of combining with the rich inventory of other negators in different types of clauses, as well as negative replies, negative indefinites, abessives/caritives/privatives, scope, polarity and emphatic negation. Selected aspects of negation, such as negative indefinites, negation of non-verbal predicates and information structure, are discussed in more detail in five further chapters. The book brings new typologically informed perspectives on negation in the Uralic family, and it provides valuable data and insights for any linguist working on negation.

Subjects: Syntax; Semantics; Theoretical linguistics; Typology; Uralic languages

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Helsinki; 2: Central European University and Károli Gáspár University of the Hungarian Reformed Church; 3: University of Hamburg

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