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Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics

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Negative exclamatives in Afrikaans: some initial thoughts

Theresa Biberauer, Jean-Marie Potgieter

Abstract


We consider the to date minimally discussed phenomenon of negative exclamatives in Afrikaans. Negative exclamatives superficially seem to be negative, when they are in fact positive exclamations. These structures therefore feature so-called expletive negation. Our goal is to illustrate some aspects of the phenomenon as it manifests in Afrikaans, and to demonstrate that Afrikaans’s negative exclamatives seem well behaved when considered against a broader crosslinguistic backdrop.

Keywords: exclamatives, Afrikaans, expletive negation, true optionality




http://dx.doi.org/10.5774/48-0-278
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