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ERIC Number: ED525523
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 213
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Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1245-0502-2
Clausal Architecture and Sentential Negation in Slavic
Tsurska, Olena Anatoliyivna
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Arizona State University
This study presents a comparative analysis of the clausal architecture and sentential negation in East (Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian), West, Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Upper and Lower Sorbian), and South (Bulgarian, Macedonian, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, and Slovenian) languages. Using the Minimalist Program, I analyze the syntactic structure of Slavic clauses, describe the types of negative elements, and provide an account of the feature-checking processes among multiple negative elements in negated sentences in Slavic. I claim that it is necessary to use split projections in the discourse, grammatical, and lexical layers of the clausal structure in Slavic. 1 also argue that the negative phrase (NegP) projection is below the tense phrase (TP) and above the aspect phrase (AspP) in East Slavic, above the TP projection in South Slavic, and above the small verb phrase (vP) projection in West Slavic languages. Slavic languages are Strict Negative Concord languages, i.e. in addition to the preverbal negative markers, one or more n-words can be used in the same sentence to express a single semantic instance of negation. I argue that negative constituents in Slavic negative sentences are licensed via Multiple Agree operation between the interpretable negative feature of the covert negative operator and the uninterpretable negative features of the overt negative elements. Finally, I examine the historical changes in the use of negative constituents, namely n-words and preverbal negative markers in Slavic. I argue that Slavic languages have been undergoing the negative concord cycle, in which they have changed from the Non-Strict Negative Concord to Strict Negative Concord languages. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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