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What is negation?



Negation is a morphosyntactic operation in which a lexical item denies or inverts the meaning of another lexical item or construction.


A negator is a lexical item that expresses negation.

Examples: Lexical items (English)
  • not
  • non-
  • un-

Crystal 1991 231


Pei and Gaynor 1954 145

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