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The History of Low German Negation

Anne Breitbarth


While the development of negation has in recent years gained an increased interest in linguistic research, as witnessed by a large number of new publications, this development has not yet been thoroughly and diachronically studied for historical Low German, as the historical syntax of Low German more generally is only recently coming out of the shadows. The book investigates quantitatively two empirical domains. First, the development of the expression of standard negation, or Jespersen’s Cycle, and second the changing interaction between the expression of negation and indefinites in its scope ... More

Keywords: Old Low German, Old Saxon, Middle Low German, negation, Jespersen’s Cycle, indefinites, negative concord, syntactic change, third factor principles, Minimalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687282
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687282.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Breitbarth, author
Lecturer in Historical German Linguistics, Ghent University