Negative exclamatives in Afrikaans: some initial thoughts

  • Theresa Biberauer
  • Jean-Marie Potgieter
Keywords: exclamatives, Afrikaans, expletive negation, true optionality

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

Published
2018-02-14
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 2223-9936
print ISSN: 1027-3417