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  The history of sentence negation in the Gulf of Guinea Creoles

Güldemann, T., & Hagemeijer, T. (2019). The history of sentence negation in the Gulf of Guinea Creoles. Journal of Ibero-Romance Creoles, 9(1), 55-84.

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Güldemann, Tom1, Author              
Hagemeijer, Tjerk, Author
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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Free keywords: Gulf of Guinea Creoles, sentence negation, substrate influence, Benue-Congo languages, areal typology
 Abstract: We discuss the emergence of the cross-linguistically marked discontinuous/final negation pattern in the four Gulf of Guinea Creoles by taking into account the different linguistic strata and their structural profiles that contributed to the formation of the protolanguage, in particular southern Nigerian and western Bantu languages. While the phonetic source of the final negation marker (fa/f/wa~va) in the creoles remains unclear, we argue that its syntax and functions, which also include emphasis, show a strong parallel with utterance-final markers in the contributing African languages. Although the trigger of these patterns should be sought in the earliest African contribution from Nigeria, their entrenchment and full grammaticalization can be attributed to heavy secondary contact with languages of the Kongo Bantu cluster.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20192019
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 30
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Title: Journal of Ibero-Romance Creoles
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Publ. Info: Lisabon : Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 9 (1) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 55 - 84 Identifier: ISSN: 2184-5360
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2184-5360