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Negative Indefinites

Doris Penka


This exploration of the syntax-semantics interface is concerned with negative indefinites like English ‘nobody’, ‘nothing’, etc. and their counterparts in other languages. A cross-linguistically unified analysis is proposed and applied to several languages. While negative indefinites are standardly assumed to be semantically negative quantifiers, this work argues for a different analysis. It is motivated by three phenomena, which negative indefinites give rise to in different languages and which are unexpected under the negative quantifier analysis. The first, negative concord, has been widely ... More

Keywords: negative indefinites, negative quantifiers, negation, split scope readings, negative concord

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199567263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567263.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Doris Penka, author
Department of Linguistics, University of Konstanz