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The History of Low German Negation$
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Anne Breitbarth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687282.001.0001

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Indefinites in the scope of negation

Indefinites in the scope of negation

(p.55) 3 Indefinites in the scope of negation
The History of Low German Negation

Anne Breitbarth

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the patterns of interaction between negation markers and indefinites, and diachronic changes affecting this interaction. The chapter demonstrates that Old Low German in particular represents a type of interaction that has hardly been noticed so far in the literature, viz. the fact that there can be languages such as Old Low German with a negative head, but without negative concord. Negative concord is shown to only develop during the Old Low German period. It is furthermore argued that ‘negative concord’ (i.e. the multiple expression of negation with single semantic negation) should only refer to standard negators. This implies that Middle Low German had no negative doubling. The present chapter statistically analyses the language-internal and language-external factors influencing (a) the variation in the use of n-marked indefinites in the Heliand and (b) the language-internal and language-external factors influencing the loss of ‘ne/en’ in Middle Low German.

Keywords:   indefinites, negative concord, negative doubling, indefinite series, NPI indefinites, negative indefinites, n-marking, Old Low German, Old Saxon, Middle Low German

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