Negation in English Speech and Writing

Negation in English Speech and Writing : A Study in Variation

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A book intended for general linguists working in negation, variation theory, discourse studies, speech and writing, corpus linguistics, acceptability and definiteness/indefiniteness specificities, as well as English language. A major quantitative study of negation in English, providing an account of factors which determine the overall use negation as well as of specific types of negation in speech and writing. The findings are a result of discourse properties of spoken and written language and to language change.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 353 pages
  • 165.1 x 230 x 19.05mm | 680g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 0126961301
  • 9780126961300

Table of contents

Toward a pragmatic theory of negation; why is there twice as much negation in spoken as in written discourse?; affixal negation in speech and writing - a question of discourse strategy; constraints on affixal and non-affixal negation; not-negation vs no-negation - an introduction to the problem; not-negation and no-negation in speech and writing - material, method and problems of variability and semantic equivalence; overall results and factor assignments; global factors.
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