December 11th: Edwige Dugas (Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3) – Utrecht

We are happy to announce that on Thursday, December 11th, Edwige Dugas (Université Charles de Gaulle Lille 3) will give a LUSH talk in Utrecht. We hope to see you all there!

Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014

Time: 11:00 – 12:30

Location: Utrecht, Drift 23, room 0.12

Title: The semantics of morphological negation: nouns prefixed by “non-” in French

Abstract: In this talk, I address the question of the semantics of nouns prefixed by non-, e.g. non-remboursement ‘non-refund’, non-italien ‘non-Italian’, non-match ‘non-match’ ([non-N]N ). On the basis of a large corpus built on data drawn from the Trésor de la Langue Française informatisé, Frantext and the online press watch engine GlossaNet, I show that [non-N]N can have three different readings, which I call ontological, complementary and contrary, and that these readings correspond to the scope of non- prefixation over three different components of the semantics of the base noun: the referential index, the kind component, and the properties component. I also show that to each of these three interpretations can be associated a preferred formal and semantic type of base; conversely, each formal and semantic type of base has a preference for a particular interpretation of the derived lexeme.

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