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Negation through reduplication and tone: implications for the LFG/PFM interface

Bond, O (2015) Negation through reduplication and tone: implications for the LFG/PFM interface Journal of Linguistics.


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Morphological marking of negation through verbal reduplication and tone is a typologically rare phenomenon attested in Eleme (Niger-Congo; Nigeria). Using Lexical Functional Grammar (LFG) and Paradigm Function Morphology (PFM) to model first-hand data, I argue that reduplication is not a direct exponent of negation in Eleme, but an asemantic morphomic process, indirectly associated with the presence of a negative polarity feature in LFG’s m(orphological)- structure. While negative verb forms of this kind are typologically unusual, the data can be explained by independently motivated morphology-internal principles. The empirical facts thereby provide support for an m-structure, characterised by its own principles and rules, which interfaces with a bifurcated lexicon that separates content from form.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group
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Date : 24 July 2015
Identification Number : 10.1017/S0022226715000134
Additional Information : Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2015
Depositing User : Oliver Bond
Date Deposited : 02 Dec 2015 16:52
Last Modified : 02 Dec 2015 16:52

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