This is a paper presented at the 4th Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC 2018), Takamatsu, Japan, September 17-19, 2018. It discusses various aspects of negation in Benjamin Franklin’s English, including the frequencies of negation itself, of the negative adverb not (as against other negative forms such as no and never), and of the use of the auxiliary do in negative sentences.
This paper revisits Jespersen’s Cycle of negation. While most studies on this famous theory concentrate on the shift from ne V through ne V not to V not, the present study focuses on the later development of negative constructions in English, namely the shift from V not to do not V (and subsequently to don’t V).
This paper explores the complementation patterns of the verb forbid in contemporary English. Based on the analysis of BAWE and the 2001 issues of two British newspapers, it demonstrates to what extent the –ing construction has been established with this verb in today’s English.
“Joseph Power’s Note Attached to Earl Rivers’s English Translation of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers“
This is a short paper on Joseph Power’s note attached to Earl Rivers’s English Translation of The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers (British Library). It includes the transcription of the text.