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Linguistic Limits on Metalinguistic Negation : Evidence from Mandarin and English

@inproceedings{Wible2005LinguisticLO,
  title={Linguistic Limits on Metalinguistic Negation : Evidence from Mandarin and English},
  author={D. Wible},
  year={2005}
}
We first point out that Mandarin Chinese and English show a striking contrast with respect to metalinguistic negation. Simple negated sentences in English freely allow metalinguistic readings of the negation whereas counterpart sentences in Mandarin do not. The cross-linguistic difference is then derived from independently motivated structural representations of negation in these two languages interacting with a single proposed universal syntactic constraint on the availability of… Expand

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