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Affirmation and negation following verbs of preventing

Author(s): Jakub Kopecký
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Ústav pro jazyk český Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: affirmation; content clause; negation; neutralization; verbs of preventing

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the meaning and distribution of the negative and positive content clauses following verbs of preventing (e.g. bránit ‘prevent’, zakázat ‘forbid’) in Czech. It has often been assumed that the negation in these clauses is neutralized, thus the negative and positive clauses have the same meaning and can both be used in standard Czech. The analyses of constructions containing the verbs bránit, zabránit and zakázat, based on the Czech National Corpus, reveal that negative clauses after these verbs are less frequent than positive ones, and that sentences with a non-neutralized negation in the content clause, expressing the opposite of the positive clause, are also used.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 225-237
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Czech