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Remarks on sentential negation in French

Rowlett, PA 1993, 'Remarks on sentential negation in French' , Catalan Working Papers in Linguistics, 3 (1) , pp. 153-169.

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    Abstract

    The goal of this article is to present a brief overview of the main arguments used (i.e., in Rowlett 1992a/b, 1993a/b/c) to cast doubt on an aspect of Pollock's (1989) analysis of sentential negation in French, namely his claim that the element pas is generated in the SpecNeg position in the base. It is argued that Pollock's analysis creates something of a theory-internal impasse since it is unable to satisfy both Haegeman and Zanuttini's (1991) Neg Criterion and the constraint on operator/variable pairings simultaneously, at the relevant level, i.e., LF. An alternative analysis, in which pas is generated in a position lower than SpecNeg and subsequently raised into SpecNeg, not only avoids the impasse, it also allows for a logical account of a number of empirical matters, namely the partitive/pseudopartitive alternation in indefinite direct objects, the impossibility of associating sentential negation with a PP-embedded pas and certain aspects of the syntax of imperatives.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Memory, Text and Place
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
    Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Catalan Working Papers in Linguistics
    Publisher: Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1132-256X
    Depositing User: Professor Paul Rowlett
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2010 14:21
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:03
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2962

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