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In the Jieyang Southern Min dialect, the negative has evolved into a conjunctive that is used in multiple constructions: negative conditionals, cause and effect, disjunctives, and proposals. This paper aims to describe the multiple functions of and to construct its grammaticalization path as compared with those of ‘otherwise or else’, and ‘if not’, in Mandarin. It is common in Chinese and other languages for a negative to combine with its adjacent conjunctive to develop a new conjunctive. However, the Jieyang dialect exhibits a unique feature in that is grammaticalized into a conjunctive by applying a complicated process of reasoning involving the logical relations among clauses without the support of any conjunctive constituents. This phenomenon can provide a new model for the study of grammatical evolution.

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Keywords: negative ; conjunctive ; grammaticalization ; 無 bo55 ; Jieyang Southern Min dialect
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