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Splitting Neg:

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to revisit sentential negation patterns in Cairene Egyptian Arabic and propose a novel analysis for their morphosyntactic properties in this Arabic dialect. In particular, it is argued that the distribution of negation patterns takes place in the mapping from the syntax to the morphology, that the head hosting negation is higher than T on the clausal hierarchy, and that the Neg-domain in this dialect is split into two separate heads, one encoding semantic negation, and another expressing formal negativity. Implications of the proposed analysis are discussed with regard to the interaction between negation and polarity items, variation in negation across different Arabic dialects, and negation patterns in negative disjunction and negative concord structures.

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