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date: 02 June 2020

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The expression of negation shows significant typological variation, for example by adverbial particles or verbs. In some languages, the different strategies are diachronically related, and the formal expression of negation can undergo a cyclic renewal. This chapter discusses the different lexical sources for the grammaticalization of new negative markers, and the formal processes involved. It also broaches on some open questions, such as why some languages do not renew their expression of negation while others do, and why they do at different speeds.

Keywords: negative cycle, Jespersen’s Cycle, Croft’s Cycle, negative argument cycle, negative existential cycle, negative clefts

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