The Oxford Handbook of Negation

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This volume offers reviews of cross-linguistic research on the major classic issues in negation, as well as accounts of more recent results from experimental linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience. The volume will be an essential reference on the topic of negation for students and researchers across a wide range of disciplines.

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In this volume, international experts in negation provide a comprehensive overview of cross-linguistic and philosophical research in the field, as well as accounts of more recent results from experimental linguistics, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience. The volume adopts an interdisciplinary approach to a range of fundamental questions ranging from why negation displays so many distinct linguistic forms to how prosody and gesture participate in the interpretation of negative utterances. Following an introduction from the editors, the chapters are arranged in eight parts that explore, respectively, the fundamentals of negation; issues in syntax; the syntax-semantics interface; semantics and pragmatics; negative dependencies; synchronic and diachronic variation; the emergence and acquisition of negation; and experimental investigations of negation. The volume will be an essential reference for students and researchers across a wide range of disciplines, and will facilitate further interdisciplinary work in the field.

The Oxford Handbook of Negation brings together a most competent team of authors, with a list of contributors that reads like a who is who in negation research. The articles have been rigorously peer reviewed, as acknowledged in footnotes and comments. Most contributions provide a comprehensive and balanced overview of their respective topic, without pushing a certain view or overemphasizing the author's own research.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Negation in language and beyond
Negation and opposition: Contradiction and contrariety in logic and language
Negative predicates: Incorporated negation
Types of negation
Affixal negation
The typology of negation
The morpho-syntactic nature of the negative marker
The possible positioning of negation
Negation and constituent ordering: Case studies
The expression of negation in sign languages
Intervention effects with negation
Form and function of negative, tag, and rhetorical questions
Expletive negation
Calculating the scope of negation: Interaction of negation with quantifiers
Modals and negation
Negation in event semantics
Negation and alternatives: Interaction with focus constituents
Metalinguistic negation
Negation and presupposition
Negative Polarity Items
Minimizers and maximizers as different types of polarity items
Negative quantifiers
Negative fragment answers
Negative concord and the nature of negative concord items
Double negation readings
Quantitative studies of the use of negative (dependent) expressions
Negation in non-standard varieties
The negative cycle and beyond
Evolution of negative dependencies
The role of pragmatics in negation change
Evolutionary precursors of negation in non-human reasoning
Cognitive precursors of negation in pre-verbal infants
Negation and first language acquisition
Negation in L2 acquisition and beyond
Understanding negation: Issues in the processing of negation
Negative polarity illusions
Negation, prosody, and gesture
Negation and the brain: Experiments in health and in focal brain disease, and their theoretical implications
Individual differences in processing of negative operators: Implications for bilinguals
The neurology of negation: fMRI, ERP, and aphasia
The neurobiology of lexical and sentential negation