Sentence Negation and Periphrasis

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In order to establish a typological picture of periphrastic negation, this chapter begins from the criteria for periphrasis established by Ackerman and Stump. These are feature intersection, non-compositionality, and distributed exponence. It is argued that while the first two work well for defining periphrasis, the third criterion is not sufficiently robust, and should therefore be substituted by the criterion of multiple exponence. Multiple exponence is a recurrent feature of morphology and therefore, when found in a syntactic construction, it signals its morphology-like status. The chapter analyses the applicability of the criteria by testing them on data from genetically and typologically diverse languages (such as Japanese, and languages within Oto-Manguean, Nilotic, Tungusic, Uralic, Nakh-Daghestanian, and Semitic languages). It shows the extent to which the existing criteria can be applied to languages of different types, and justifies the new criterion (multiple exponence) for identifying periphrasis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPeriphrasis
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Syntax and Morphology in Paradigms
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191760419
ISBN (Print)9780197265253
StatePublished - Jan 30 2014


  • Distributed exponence
  • Feature intersection
  • Linguistics
  • Morphology
  • Multiple exponence
  • Negation
  • Non-compositionality
  • Syntax
  • Typology


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