Negative co-ordination in the history of English

MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.
This Chapter is currently unavailable for purchase.

This chapter examines the syntax of negative coordination in the history of English. Two major developments can be observed: (a) in Late Middle English it becomes impossible for a negative conjunct clause introduced by the negative conjunction <i>ne</i> to follow an initial affirmative conjunct clause &#8211; since the fourteenth century the initial conjunct must also be negative; (b) <i>nor</i> replaces <i>ne</i> in the second conjunct, which is interpreted as negative but contains no other negative element. These developments follow from two proposed changes in the structure of English clausal negation. First, <i>not</i> replaces a null negative operator in SpecNegP. This operator had checked the uninterpretable feature of <i>ne/nor</i>. Its loss thus requires a c-commanding negative clause to check this feature. Second, <i>nor</i> itself gains an interpretable negative feature, making the following clause negative in interpretation without any further negative element.


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address