A History of English Negation
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This volume traces the history of negation in English from Old and Middle English through to Modern Standard English and other varieties of English. It discusses the developments of negation in the early centuries, which involves looking at the problems of the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of Old and Middle English. There is also a chapter on negation in British dialects, non-standard forms, other native forms such as Black English, and non-native varieties such as English-based pidgins and Creoles.
I. GENERAL AND TYPOLOGICAL ISSUES
II. NEGATION IN OLD ENGLISH AND EARLY MIDDLE ENGLISH
III. THE MIDDLE AGES AND EARLY MODERN ENGLISH
IV. PRESENT-DAY ENGLISH NEGATION
V. VARIETIES OF ENGLISH
VI. FURTHER THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
Appendix 1: Sources for text analysis
Appendix 2: Negative forms
- Ranges over a wide time-span from the earliest known evidence to modern varieties of English.
- Is not confined to the standard variety, but includes data on non-standard and dialect forms.
- Does not require knowledge of any one theoretical framework all the terminology beyond basic level of linguistics is explained.
- Well-documented and comprehensive.