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What is negation?

 

Definition
 

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-
Sources
 

Crystal 1991 231

 

Pei and Gaynor 1954 145


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