L'association négative: depuis la syntaxe jusqu'à  l'interprétation

Translated title of the contribution: The negative association: from syntax to interpretation

Pierre Larrivée

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This book untangles the old grammatical paradox allowing for several negations within the same negative clause through his work of the scope of negations. The scope of each negation over the same predicate is what allows for concordant values. The frequent co-occurrence of negative items, cases of double negation and the expletive negative, as compared to constituent negation, help to demonstrate this. Analysis of these phenomena is based on a large body of data of different varieties of French considered in the light of historical, typological, and psycholinguistic tendencies. While extensive reference is made to current analysis, independence is maintained from any particular model. Starting from syntactic generalisations, the work provides an innovative solution to a classic interpretative issue.
Translated title of the contributionThe negative association: from syntax to interpretation
Original languageFrench
Place of PublicationGeneva
Number of pages254
ISBN (Print)2-600-00967-1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • negative association
  • compositionality
  • semantic interpretation
  • scope
  • negation
  • morphosyntax
  • semantics


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