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Negation and the functional sequence

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There exists a general restriction on admissible functional sequences which prevents adjacent identical heads. We investigate a particular instantiation of this restriction in the domain of negation. Empirically, it manifests itself as a restriction the stacking of multiple negative morphemes. We propose a principled account of this restriction in terms of the general ban on immediately consecutive identical heads in the functional sequence on the one hand, and the presence of a Neg feature inside negative morphemes on the other hand. The account predicts that the stacking of multiple negative morphemes should be possible provided they are separated by intervening levels of structure. We show that this prediction is borne out.
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Negation, Adjectives, Decomposition, Nanosyntax

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De Clercq, Karen, and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. “Negation and the Functional Sequence.” NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY, vol. 37, no. 2, 2019, pp. 425–60.
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De Clercq, K., & Vanden Wyngaerd, G. (2019). Negation and the functional sequence. NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY, 37(2), 425–460.
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De Clercq, Karen, and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. 2019. “Negation and the Functional Sequence.” NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY 37 (2): 425–60.
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De Clercq, Karen, and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. 2019. “Negation and the Functional Sequence.” NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY 37 (2): 425–460.
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De Clercq K, Vanden Wyngaerd G. Negation and the functional sequence. NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY. 2019;37(2):425–60.
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K. De Clercq and G. Vanden Wyngaerd, “Negation and the functional sequence,” NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 425–460, 2019.
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  abstract     = {There exists a general restriction on admissible functional sequences which prevents adjacent identical heads. We investigate a particular instantiation of this restriction in the domain of negation. Empirically, it manifests itself as a restriction the stacking of multiple negative morphemes. We propose a principled account of this restriction in terms of the general ban on immediately consecutive identical heads in the functional sequence on the one hand, and the presence of a Neg feature inside negative morphemes on the other hand. The account predicts that the stacking of multiple negative morphemes should be possible provided they are separated by intervening levels of structure. We show that this prediction is borne out.},
  author       = {De Clercq, Karen and Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido},
  issn         = {0167-806X},
  journal      = {NATURAL LANGUAGE & LINGUISTIC THEORY},
  keywords     = {Negation,Adjectives,Decomposition,Nanosyntax},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {425--460},
  title        = {Negation and the functional sequence},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11049-018-9415-2},
  volume       = {37},
  year         = {2019},
}

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