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A Natural History of Negation

This book offers a unique synthesis of past and current work on the structure, meaning, and use of negation and negative expressions, a topic that has engaged thinkers from Aristotle and the Buddha to Freud and Chomsky. Horn’s masterful study melds a review of scholarship in philosophy, psychology, and linguistics with original research, providing a full picture of negation in natural language and thought; this new edition adds a comprehensive preface and bibliography, surveying research since the book’s original publication.

684 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1989

The David Hume Series

Language and Linguistics: Language History and Language Universals

Table of Contents

A Note on Notation
Introduction to the Reissue Edition
1. Negation and Opposition in Classical Logic
2. Negation, Presupposition, and the Excluded Middle
3. Markedness and the Psychology of Negation
4. Negation and Quantity
5. The Pragmatics of Contra(dicto)ry Negation
6. Metalinguistic Negation
7. Negative Form and Negative Function
Appendix 1: On LEM and the Purported Incoherence of Multivalued Logic
Appendix 2: Inherent Negation Revisited

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