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Negation in Tundra Nenets

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Abstract

The paper provides an analysis of Tundra Nenets (Northern Samoyedic) negative constructions. Firstly, different aspects of clausal negation will be analysed, such as standard negation by negative auxiliary (<i>&#324;ii&#347;</i>) and the negation of non-declarative and non-verbal clauses, which are mainly negated by the standard negative auxiliary, too. In addition, certain non-verbal predicates can only be negated by a negative existential verb (<i>ja&#331;ko&#347;</i>). Furthermore, there are also negative auxiliaries and negative lexical verbs having some other meaning beyond the negation. Secondly, the paper focuses on non-clausal negative structures, so the structures and types of negative replies, indefinites and abessive/caritive negation are also described here. Finally, other aspects of negation (i.e. scope of negation, negative polarity, case marking under negation, negative conjunctions and non-negative use of negatives) are analysed.

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