On Sentential Negation and the Licensing of Negative Polarity Items in English and Japanese: A Minimalist Approach

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This paper is concerned with the syntax of negative sentences and negative polarity items (NPIs) in English and Japanese and argues for the validity of a feature-checking analysis in the framework of Chomsky (1995). It is demonstrated that the feature-checking analysis based on feature specification on Neg and NPIs can present a unified view of negative sentences and that different distributions of NPIs naturally follow from it. At the same time, it is argued that negative sentences suggest a locality condition supplementary to the Minimal Link Condition in Chomsky (1995), in support of Manzini (1998). This locality condition is incorporated into the analysis as the NEG-Convention.∗.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-54
Number of pages30
JournalEnglish Linguistics
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1999

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syntax
Negative Polarity Items
Negation
Minimalist Approach
Licensing
Locality
Feature Checking
Noam Chomsky
Syntax

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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