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Author(s): Paardekooper, Piet

ISSN 1567-6633

Volume: 2006;
Date: 2006;
Original page

This article describes the flourishing and the disappearance of the so-called double negative in several Dutch dialects. The author makes extensive use of data from both formal, written language and colloquial language, covering a period from the 8th until the 20th century. Three possible linguistic developments concerning the history of the double negative are discerned: displacement of the n-element, stacking and reduction (‘ontkleuring’). Further data and insights from dialectological research reveal two different linguistic systems (a South-Eastern and a Western or Flemish system), whose developments differ substantially.
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