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Chloé Tahar

Institut Jean Nicod

PhD student

Pavillon Jardin, 29 rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris


I'm interested in non-canonical uses of negation, especially in "expletive" uses of negation (uses of negation that seemingly have no semantic value whatsoever). My goal is to explain why - in some  languages - negation markers receive an expletive reading in the scope of fear verbs or "unless"-connectives. Focusing on French, I adopt a diachronic approach, based on corpus evidence, reconstructing the historic trajectory whereby an expletive reading of negation emerged, from Latin to contemporary French.