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Negation through reduplication and tone: implications for the Lexical Functional Grammar/Paradigm Function Morphology interface

Bond, O (2016) Negation through reduplication and tone: implications for the Lexical Functional Grammar/Paradigm Function Morphology interface Journal of Linguistics, 52 (2). pp. 277-310.

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Abstract

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
Subjects : Language
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of English and Languages > Languages and Translation
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Bond, OUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : July 2016
Identification Number : 10.1017/S0022226715000134
Copyright Disclaimer : This article has been published in a revised form in the Journal of Linguistics http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226715000134. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press 2015
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 02 Nov 2016 15:32
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 17:27
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807726

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