Hybrid and Optional Negative Concord in Turkish: A unified analysis

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Paloma Jeretic

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Turkish is analyzed a strict negative concord language, where negative elements obligatorily co-occur with sentential negation. Neither..nor phrases show an exceptional behavior with respect to negative concord: negation on the verb appears only optionally. In this paper I show that this optionality is explained by a structural ambiguity, based on whether the coordinated constituents contain the clausal predicate.

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