Negation in Eastern Khanty narratives from the perspective of information flow*
In this article, I examine the functions of the subject and the object of negative sentences with the negative particles <i>əntə</i> and <i>əntəm</i> in Khanty discourse from the perspective of information structure and flow. Some differences between affirmative and negative clauses are found in the analysis. By comparing negatives with affirmatives, I also argue that negatives introduce only given information, which has been suggested by a previous typological study (Givón 1984). The theoretical framework used in this study is discourse-based functionalism (e.g. Du Bois 1987; Givón 1984). The data employed comprises narrative texts recorded during fieldwork from the end of the 1980s (Csepregi 1998).