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By Gabriella Mazzon

Negation is without doubt one of the major services in human communication.A heritage of English Negation is the 1st publication to examine English negation over the total of its documented background, utilizing a large database and available terminology.

After an introductory bankruptcy, the e-book analyses proof from the entire pattern of outdated English records to be had, and from a number of heart English and Renaissance records, exhibiting that the variety of types used at any unmarried degree is wider, and the velocity in their switch significantly quicker, than formerly ordinarily assumed.

The e-book strikes directly to evaluation present formalised bills of the placement in sleek English, tracing the alterations in principles for expressing negation that experience intervened because the earliest documented historical past of the language. because the average is just one number of a language, it additionally surveys the technique of negation utilized in a few non-standard and dialectal types of English. The booklet concludes with a glance at fairly lately born languages corresponding to Pidgins and Creoles, to enquire the measure of naturalness of the rules that rule the expression of English negation.

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Another very important negator, which is, however, mainly restricted to OE, is nd/no (Einenkel 1912: 201). This form originated as ne + d (= 'never '), but soon lost its temporal meaning to become a simple negator, which, however, seems to possess some specialized functions. We will see in the following chapters that such a shift was occurring also with never, and has indeed continued to occur to this day especially in non-standard varieties, so that the kind of change undergone by nd cannot be considered excep­ tional.

On the other hand, even the few examples given here may suffice to give the impression that 'native' systems of negation tended to emerge, in spite of attempts at reproducing Latin structures. This indicator should not be overlooked, since it may suggest that some markers of negation (such as the NEG2 pattern, the Incorporation of some forms, and Neg-Concord, especially when applied to coordinators) were felt as 'normal' or 'regular' in the scribe's variety of English, so that their addition was either 'auto­ matic' or, if intentional, was due to the fact that a negative clause might have been felt as 'incomplete' without such markers.

The merger did not happen in the first place: two elements that really become one in the minds of speakers cannot be separated again, since speakers do not possess any etymological awareness' about the forms they use. + 0 -< 0 ..... 3. e. occurrences of ne ::I \Q "' :::r z t1> \Q CJ d'. 0 ::I adjacent to a form where it could have been cliticized but where no such cliticization is visible in the spelling), and its distribution over Verbs vs. Quantifiers/Adverbs Segg. 1), those with represent percentages by type of locus over the total of avoidance of contraction.

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