Abstract: This talk presents a puzzle pertaining to two different surface forms for negation in Igala (Niger-Congo). Negation can either surface as a (super) high tone on the subject or as a pre-verbal particle. I will first go over the general distribution patterns of these two segments. Afterwards, I will lay out some tests that showcase the interaction and restrictions of negation with other phenomena (e.g., modals and conditionals). These will hopefully hint at what causes them to surface differently.
MULL-lab will be meeting this Wednesday, March 30th at 4pm. Brandon will be presenting: Igala’s Dual Negation. Abstract is attached below: