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Meaning Change in GrammaticalizationAn Enquiry into Semantic Reanalysis$
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Regine Eckardt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262601.001.0001

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From Step to Negation: The Development of French Complex Negation Patterns

From Step to Negation: The Development of French Complex Negation Patterns

(p.128) 5 From Step to Negation: The Development of French Complex Negation Patterns
Meaning Change in Grammaticalization

Regine Eckardt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates that the French negation particles pas, point, mie, goutte, rien, and personne entered grammar as negative polarity items. This chapter surveys historical evidence, which illustrates the typical NPI uses in downward entailing contexts for all the items under investigation. On the basis of the pragmatic-scalar analysis of negative polarity items, this chapter traces how this development emerged via a series of smaller extensions and reanalyses of the items in question. This explains the indefinite uses of pas, point, etc., in Old and Middle French as a systematic part of the language stage, whereas older descriptions of this development confine themselves to attesting the contemporary speakers' ‘illogical’ language use.

Keywords:   negative particles, French, negative polarity, polarity item, indefinite, Jespersen cycle

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