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The History of Negation in the Languages of Europe and the Mediterranean: Volume II: Patterns and Processes

Anne Breitbarth, Christopher Lucas, and David Willis


The book constitutes the second volume of the two-volume work The history of negation in the languages of Europe and the Mediterranean. While the first volume united a rich collection of ten case studies, the current second volume turns to the patterns and processes in the historical development of the expression of negation and its interaction with indefinites from a more general theoretical perspective. The volume is subdivided into two parts, one dealing with Jespersen’s cycle and one dealing with developments affecting indefinites in the scope of negation (the quantifier and free-choice cy ... More

Keywords: negation, Jespersen’s cycle, indefinite, quantifier cycle, free-choice cycle, negative concord, language contact, mechanisms of language change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602544
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199602544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Breitbarth, author
Associate Professor in Historical German Linguistics, Ghent University

Christopher Lucas, author
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics, SOAS University of London

David Willis, author
Reader in Historical Linguistics, University of Cambridge