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      A set of semantic and pragmatic criteria for descriptive vs. metalinguistic negation

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          This article is about metalinguistic negation and the types of criteria making a straightforward distinction between descriptive (DN) and metalinguistic negation (MN). First, I will distinguish three types of negation: one type of DN and two types of MN, where MN1 is upward metalinguistic negation and MN2 presuppositional metalinguistic negation. This distinction is based on two semantic criteria (entailment and scope of negation), and one discursive or pragmatic criterion (connectives). Then, the use of the connective criterion will imply that mais SN (Ger. sondern and Sp. sino) triggers DN, whereas mais PA (Ger. aber, Sp. pero) licenses MN1 and a causal connective like parce que ‘because’ or puisque ‘since’ generates MN2. The general philosophy of the analysis of negation is both monoguist (negation is semantically unambiguous, and its meaning is logical) and contextual (there is no reinterpretation of the negative clause when negation is metalinguistic). Finally, this article aims to lend theoretical support to the experimental work on negation reported in Blochowiak & Grisot ( 2018).

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                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                17 May 2018
                2018
                : 3
                : 1
                : 58
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Geneva, CH
                Author information
                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8066-2834
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.439
                0966b4a0-eb8c-4977-a98f-d379d53de90b
                Copyright: © 2018 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                : 26 May 2017
                : 28 February 2018
                Categories
                Special collection: beyond descriptive and metalinguistic negation

                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                descriptive negation,presupposition,Metalinguistic negation,implicature,entailment

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