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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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(p.217) 20 Conclusion
Classical NEG Raising

Chris Collins

Paul M. Postal

The MIT Press

This concluding chapter reviews some of the more general theoretical implications of the argument presented in this book with regard to Classical NEG Raising (NR). It first considers the two types of negative polarity items (NPIs), unary-NEG structures and binary-NEG structures (reversals), and the distinction between them, particularly the fact that only unary-NEG NPIs trigger Negative Inversion in Horn clauses. While it is often assumed that natural language negation (NEG) is a clausal modifier (negating the proposition denoted by the clause), this book has described a broad range of English NEG facts with no appeal to clausal negation at all, showing that the standard cases usually taken to motivate English clausal negation actually represent NEGs raised from verbal/adjectival phrases to a position right-adjacent to auxiliary. It has also discussed the idea of quantificational determiner phrase scope positions.

Keywords:   negation, Classical NEG Raising, negative polarity items, unary-NEG structures, binary-NEG structures, Negative Inversion, Horn clauses, clausal modifier, clausal negation, determiner phrase

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