Neg-phrases in Eton (Bantu): An HPSG-analysis




This paper presents a study of so-called neg-phrases in Eton, a negative concord language spoken in Cameroon. These phrases strongly resemble negated noun phrases that consist of a negative determiner and a noun, however, I will show that Eton neg-phrases are built differently. Reconciling the non-negative approach to negative indefinites by Penka & Zeijlstra (2005) and the negative approach by Richter & Sailer (2004a,b, 2006), I will argue that Eton neg-phrases consist of an inherently negative modifier and a non-negative indefinite derived from a noun. Embedding the analysis in Lexical Resource Semantics, I will reveal the inherent negativity of Eton neg-phrases and account for their composition by using a lexical rule based on the semantic approach to noun phrases by Beavers (2003).




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Form, Julian. 2021. Neg-phrases in Eton (Bantu): An HPSG-analysis. Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 263–282. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2021.14) ( (Accessed January 28, 2022.)