Do double negation structures yield single negation interpretations in Mandarin Chinese? Some comments on Li et al. (2018)

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Abstract

Li et al. (2018) claimed that a single negation (SN) interpretation is possible for double negation (DN) structures in Mandarin Chinese (MC) when a DN sentence has a combination of the negation operators méi(yŏu)-méi(yŏu) (not-not), bù-méi(yŏu) (not-not), cóngláiméi/cóngláibù-X (ever no-not), or méi(yŏu)-bù (not-not), and when there is stress on the second negation operator. This discussion questions the test materials and choice of participants, calling into doubt the findings of Li et al. (2018).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalLINGUA
Volume216
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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