Van Der Auwera, Johan; Vossen, Frens
The paper deals with the verb embracing double negation found in both Chamic and
Bahnaric languages and with the question how it developed. We propose both an internal
and external explanation. The former relates to what is called a ‘Jespersen Cycle’, a
hypothesis about the renewal of single negation out of double negation, itself developing
out of another single negation. The latter is language interference from Chamic to
Bahnaric. We argue that the Jespersen Cycle hypothesis is more...[Show more]
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