Scope of Negation and Negative Polarity Items in Japanese

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    It is commonly believed that Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) in Japanese must be c-commanded by a sentential negation marker in the same local domain. The book under review challenges this common belief, taking up three kinds of NPIs (rokuna-, sika- and wh-mo-NPIs), and claims that the latter two must occur outside the scope of negation. The present paper reviews this claim and points out a couple of problems from the viewpoint of where negation is expressed in a sentence with an NPI. It will be shown that rokuna- and sika-NPIs, unlike wh-rao-NPIs, constitute a semantic locus of negation, hence a different grouping emerges. A solution will be suggested to reconcile this apparent contradiction.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)528-549
    Number of pages22
    JournalEnglish Linguistics
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan 1

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    Keywords

    • ellipsis
    • negation
    • negative polarity items
    • scope

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    Scope of Negation and Negative Polarity Items in Japanese. / Kuno, Masakazu.

    In: English Linguistics, Vol. 26, No. 2, 01.01.2009, p. 528-549.

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