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date: 16 October 2019

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This article analyses the grammaticalisation of the negative linguistic cycles. It suggests that it is plausible to assume that negation must be a universal feature of language and that negation appears to invariably receive overt expression in language. It considers the form of clause negation that is considered most basic in a given language, which applies productively in declarative main clauses, and which does not involve quantifiers. It also discusses Jespersen's cycle.

Keywords: negative linguistic cycle, grammaticalisation, language, clause negation, declarative main clauses, Jespersen's cycle

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