V-to-Neg raising and negative concord in three sign languages

Autor/a: QUER, Josep; PFAU, Roland
Año: 2005
Editorial: Rivista di Grammatica Generativa. Vol. 27 (2005) p. 73-86
Tipo de código: Copyright
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


The realization of negation has been described for quite a number of sign languages. With very few exceptions, however, none of the available studies tries to give a syntactic account for the data under investigation. Across sign languages, striking similarities are found with respect to the realization of negation: in all the SLs studied so far, a manual Neg element (a Neg sign) is combined with a non-manual marking (a head movement), and in most of them, the manual Neg sign is optional, i.e. the non-manual alone is sufficient to negate a proposition.