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Identifier 000444354
Title Κατανόηση και παραγωγή πολλαπλής άρνησης στα ελληνικά
Alternative Title Negative concord and negative questions - understanding multiple negation in Greek
Author Σωπασής, Νικόλαος
Thesis advisor Τσακάλη Βίνα
Abstract This Master thesis studies the phenomenon of multiple Negation in Greek. In general, languages are divided into two broad categories depending on whether multiple denial is interpreted as a simple denial or affirmation. The first are called Negative Concord languages, such as Greek and the second Double Negation languages, such as English. In Greek there are structures according to Giannakidou (2000), in which negative words are interpreted as Existential and not as Universal Quantifiers. This is because N–words are not inherently negative. Thus, she distinguishes N–words into emphatic and non-emphatic. The former are inherently Negative words and the latter simply Existential. Based on the above view, this paper looks for syntactic environments in which the extracted interpretation of negative words is affirmative - existential. The environment under consideration is the Negative Questions. In negative questions the multiple appearance of denial does not exude a negative meaning but rather existential - affirmative. A new view of Greek negative words is therefore proposed, according to which negative words are existential quantifiers when placed in specific syntactic contexts. This view is in line with the approach of Giannakidou (2000), and Weib (2002), who considers that all the languages of the world are in fact Negative Concord languages. Thus, it is suggested that in negative questions only non-emphatic weak elements are legitimized.
Language Greek
Subject Double negation
Negative concord
Negative questions
Αρνητικές ερωτήσεις
Αρνητικές λέξεις
Πολλαπλή άρνηση
Issue date 2021-10-22
Collection   School/Department--School of Philosophy--Department of Philology--Post-graduate theses
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