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Query Subject:   DP as a Phase, Negation/Intonational Marking
Author:   Bert Remijsen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   DOES ANYBODY KNOW ABOUT LANGUAGES THAT MARK NEGATION BY MEANS OF INTONATION? I FOUND NO REFERENCE TO PROSODIC MARKING OF NEGATION IN DAHL'S 1997 TYPOLOGY OF SENTENCE NEGATION IN 'LINGUISTICS'.
ON THE OTHER HAND, I HAVE COME ACROSS TWO LANGUAGES FOR WHICH IT IS REPORTED - LINDSTROM (2002 - PHD DISS UNIV. OF STOCKHOLM) REPORTS THAT IN THE AUSTRONESIAN LANGUAGE KUOT, A SEGMENTAL MARKER OF NEGATION IS INVARIABLY ACCOMPANIED BY AN UTTERANCE-FINAL FALL-RISE CONTOUR. SECONDLY, ROEMER (1991 'STUDIES IN PAPIAMENTU TONOLOGY') DESCRIBES A COMBINATION OF TOONE SHIFT AND DOWNSTEP, WHICH ACCOMPANIES A SEGMENTAL NEGATION-MARKING MORPHEME IN THE CREOLE PAPIAMENTU.

DOES ANYBODY KNOW OF LANGUAGES IN WHICH NEGATION IS MARKED EXCLUSIVELY BY MEANS OF PROSODY, I.E., IN THE ABSENCE OF A SEGMENTAL (MORPHOLOGICAL OR SYNTACTIC) ENCODING? OR DO YOU KNOW OTHER LANGUAGES SHOWING PHENOMENA WHERE THE MARKING OF NEGATION HAS A SECUNDARY PROSODIC COMPONENT, LIKE KUOT AND PAPIAMENTU? I WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR ANY REPLIES, AND I WILL POST A SUMMARY OF THEM TO THIS LIST.

DR. BERT REMIJSEN
LEIDEN UNIVERSITY
LL Issue: 13.2045
Date posted: 06-Aug-2002