Neither, (n)or nothing and hardly in negative concord constructions in traditional dialects of British English

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Abstract

In this paper, I investigate, within a minimalist framework, how negative concord is composed in non-standard British English constructions containing the negative adverb neither, the general extender (n)or nothing, and the scalar adverb hardly using data from the Freiburg English Dialect corpus. I argue that neither, (n)or nothing and hardly establish a relation of syntactic agreement with another negative element in the clause which results in a single-negation interpretation of the chain formed by several instances of negation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-24
JournalSintagma
Volume27
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • (n)or nothing
  • Hardly
  • Negative concord
  • Neither
  • Syntactic agreement
  • Traditional dialects of British English

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