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Past events

International Workshop on Negation

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Vitoria-Gasteiz, October 7, 2021

This one-day workshop, held online due to covid-19, aimed to bring together scholars working on sentential negation in any linguistically relevant field. Crucially, negation was approached from several points of view (diachrony, semantics-pragmatics, syntax, typology) and data from a typologically diverse range of languages were analysed. Topics addressed at the workshop can be summarised as follows:

  • Expression of negation.

  • Syntactic behaviour of negation: nature, position, and interaction with other constituents.

  • Diachronic development of negation and motivations for change in negation patterns.

  • Interpretation of negation and negative dependencies.

Below you will find the abstracts selected for the workshop, as well as the handouts/presentations the participants have kindly agreed to share with us:


Thanks to all the speakers and attendees for your engagement with the workshop.

Organizing committee: Arantzazu Elordieta, Xabier Artiagoitia and Alazne Arriortua.

This workshop is part of the project PGC2018-100686-B-I00 Analysis of some functional particles (modal, negative, complementizer) in Basque grammar, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation.

  • Katalin Gugán (Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics)

Making ends meet: the consequences of a shift in sentential negation in Hungarian

  • M. Teresa Espinal (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Urtzi Etxeberria (CNRS-IKER) & Susagna Tubau (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)

Polarity and Negative Concord: The case of Basque

On the semantics and pragmatics of negation and their effects on the structure of negatives in a cross-linguistic perspective

  • Daniel Van Olmen (Lancaster University)

(A)symmetries in imperative negation: Finiteness and specialization

  • Diego Gabriel Krivochen (University of Oxford)

NOT-transportation as downwards movement

  • Olga Lovick (University of Saskatchewan) & Siri Tuttle (Navajo Technical University)

The development of tone in standard negation in Alaskan Dene languages

  • Giuseppe Magistro (Ghent University)

Minimizing minimizers’ structure: Jespersen’s cycle and focus

  • [keynote speaker] Hedde Zeijlstra (George August University, Göttingen)

A contextual approach to Neg-raising

  • Samantha Becerra Zita (University of Nantes), Hamida Demirdache (University of Nantes) & Nicolas Guilliot (University of Bordeaux Montaigne)

Answering Negative Polar Questions in Gallo

The long tail of Jespersen’s Cycle in Flemish dialects: Continuity, change, and linguistic recycling

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