ERIC Number: ED074835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Negative Transportation and Tag-Questions.
The author considers the rule of negative transportation in English and discusses his ideas about such a rule in contrast to the theories set forth by Robin Lakoff. The rule of negative transportation allows the shifting of a negative, under certain conditions, from a lower clause into a higher one. The discussion centers around the occurrence of tag-questions which can be attached to a statement. Lakoff claims that, with certain exceptions, it is normal for the tag-question to show opposite polarity, as far as negation is concerned, to the sentence on which it is formed. The author refutes this explanation and argues that contrasting tag-questions indicate that the main sentence or host clause is to be taken to be the point of view of the speaker; matching tag-questions indicate that it is not. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Monash Univ., Clayton, Victoria (Australia).
Note: In Linguistic Communications, 6, 1972