Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0929-7332
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9919



The association between sentential negation and tense has solid foundations in the literature. It has even been argued that sentential negative markers consist of a Tense feature (De Clercq 20182020). This paper adduces the first results from a typological study and data from Bambara in support of this claim. In addition, the Bambara data also point to the morphological realisation of present or default tense, to a hierarchy for tense and to a position for sentential negation in that hierarchy.


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Keyword(s): Bambara; nanosyntax; negation; tam; typology
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