Negation in Eastern Khanty narratives from the perspective of information flow*

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In this article, I examine the functions of the subject and the object of negative sentences with the negative particles <i>&#601;nt&#601;</i> and <i>&#601;nt&#601;m</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 (Giv&#243;n 1984). The theoretical framework used in this study is discourse-based functionalism (e.g. Du Bois 1987; Giv&#243;n 1984). The data employed comprises narrative texts recorded during fieldwork from the end of the 1980s (Csepregi 1998).


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