Negation in Hlai

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This paper investigates various negation strategies in Hlai. The analysis is carried out within the framework of language typology. The most common negation in Hlai is expressed with vei11, immediately preceding the element it negates. The nominal and imperative predications are negated by the nonstandard negators guai121 and zou55. Each type of modal has its own specific suppletive form for negative expression. As previous studies contain little information on this topic, this paper contributes to the field by introducing, clarifying, and analyzing these divergent negative markers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-189
Number of pages27
JournalCahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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