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Dunn, Saskia (2023) 'To not have or to not be: Negative Verbs in Proto Tukanoan.' SOAS Working Papers in Linguistics, 21. pp. 1-15.

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Abstract

A number of Tukanoan languages of South America are noted for their parallel semantically negative verbs ‘to not be’ and ‘to not have’. This paper reconstructs the history of both forms, showing that they developed independently as complex forms first in Proto Tukanoan (‘to not have’) and then in Proto Eastern Tukanoan (‘to not be’), and also proposes two negative particles present in these proto stages of the language family: *bã (Proto Eastern Tukanoan) and *p’e (Proto Tukanoan). These results will be discussed in the context of two negative cycles: the established Negative Existential Cycle and the recently proposed Privative Cycle.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Tukanoan, Proto Tukanoan, negative existential, privative, non-standard negation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics > Department of Linguistics
ISSN: 14730855
Copyright Statement: © 2023, the author.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.25501/SOAS.00040380
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 15:00
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/40380

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