Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Miestamo, Matti
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title
Negation in Clause Combining: Typological and usage-based perspectives (NiCC)
Decision No. 332529
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 480 000
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Project description
There are approximately 7,000 languages in the world, and each of them has ways to express negation. Negation has received a lot of attention from linguists, but there are still topics that are poorly understood. In this project, we focus on one such topic: negation in clause combinations. Many languages have a separate strategy for negating dependent clauses, for example, and some dependent clause types are in themselves negative. However, we still do not know much about these and related issues, especially from a cross-linguistic perspective. In our project, we study the relationship between negation and clause combining in individual languages, in specific areas (especially Europe and Northern Eurasia), and in a world-wide language sample. In addition to reference grammars, we study actual texts and field recordings. By doing this, we make the context of language use a part of cross-linguistic comparison and provide a more holistic perspective for understanding negation in language.