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On the lack of stranded negated quantifiers and inverse scope of negation in Romance

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Abstract

The Germanic languages allow floating negated quantifiers (The children have not all not eaten) while the Romance languages do not. The Germanic languages also allow negation to take inverse scope over a universal quantifier (All the children have not eaten) whereas the Romance languages are very restrictive in their handling of ∀¬ word order. Based mainly on the theory of negation in Zeijlstra (2004), the Stranding Analysis of floating quantifiers of Sportiche (1988) and Giusti (1990), and the Neg Stranding Hypothesis of Cirillo (2009), it will be argued that these two differences between Germanic and Romance are attributable to one sole difference: Negation is a functional category in Romance but not in Germanic.

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