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date: 02 June 2020

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This chapter deals with movements of sentential negative markers from one negative position to another and puts forth the idea that there is a relation between the position of the negative marker and its etymology. It argues that negative markers target positions that are located in three areas of the clause where operator-like elements move (either quantifiers or focused or wh-items) or argumental clitics. It also shows that there is no link between the position of the negative marker and its standard or non-standard usage.

Keywords: quantificational positions, etymology, negative positions, Focus, functional structure

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