On The Implicit Negation via Subjunctive Mood

Azganush Mnatsyan


Extensive research on negation in linguistics has not only led to new theories but also dictated a range of ideas.

In the frame of this article an effort is made to reveal semantic-functional traits of verb forms from a modal perspective. The basis of the study is mood-negation correlation. The formal description of the categories allows us to see the immediate differences of negation and changeability of form and meaning in different mood forms.

The corpus at our data shows that the semantic value of implicit negative constructions is context-driven as a result of the close interaction of negation with modal categories. In the paradigm of the subjunctive form some affirmative constructions come into use as negatively charged linguistic items. Moreover, mood categories conflate under the rubric of  realis - irrealis. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/elr.v6n3p1


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