Negators in Contrastive Constructions in Old English

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Mönkkönen , I 2018 , ' Negators in Contrastive Constructions in Old English ' , Studia Neophilologica , vol. 90 , no. 1 , pp. 1-16 .

Title: Negators in Contrastive Constructions in Old English
Author: Mönkkönen, Ilkka
Contributor organization: Department of Modern Languages 2010-2017
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Studia Neophilologica
ISSN: 0039-3274
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to find out the factors that explain the variation among the different negators in contrastive constructions, X (and) not Y and not X but Y, in Old English prose and glosses. An attempt is also made to answer the question why such structures are used, and why they are more common in some texts than in others. The data consists of a select corpus. The results indicate that in early West Saxon the negators in such constructions are mainly nalles and naes, while the negator na occurs less frequently. The exclusive use of the negator na by aelfric simplifies the system of negators in late West Saxon. Contrastive constructions are mainly employed as rhetorical means for emphasis. They are favoured in texts that are intended to influence people. The results suggest that the variation is partly idiolectal and genre-based, and partly diachronic.
Subject: Negation
Old English
contrastive construction
6121 Languages
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