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Classical NEG RaisingAn Essay on the Syntax of Negation$
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Chris Collins and Paul M. Postal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027311

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.001.0001

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Elements of a General Conception of NEG Deletion

Elements of a General Conception of NEG Deletion

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(p.69) 8. Elements of a General Conception of NEG Deletion
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Classical NEG Raising
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Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027311.003.0008

This chapter considers a general theoretical conception of NEG deletion and its elements. It treats NEG deletion as a phenomenon based on a primitive binary relation between occurrences notated NDEL(X, Y), where X is the deleter and Y is the deleted element. For English, NEG deletion manifests as the lack of pronunciation of forms normally spelled not, n't, n-, no, and non-. Even though the deleted NEG is not pronounced, it is visible for semantic interpretation. This chapter summarizes various properties that are characteristic of the NDEL relation. It discusses the NDEL interpretation condition, lexical and general NEG deletions, NEG deletion chain, lexical NEG deletion condition, NDEL c-command condition, NDEL clausemate condition, general NEG deletion condition, NEG deletion evenness condition, standard English negative concord reduction principle, and NEG deletion chain condition.

Keywords:   negative concord reduction principle, NEG deletion, NDEL relation, NDEL interpretation condition, NEG deletion chain, lexical NEG deletion condition, NDEL c-command condition, NDEL clausemate condition, NEG deletion evenness condition, NEG deletion chain condition

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