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Negatives between Chamic and Bahnaric

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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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (JSEALS) 8 (2015): 24-38


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