The negation particle ne in the historical dictionaries of Dutch

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorMarijke Mooijaart
TitleThe negation particle ne in the historical dictionaries of Dutch
AbstractIn the historical stages of the West Germanic languages ne has been part of the negation system. In Old Dutch through Early New Dutch (c. 600 – 1600/1700) this particle had various specific functions and senses, depending on the sentence structure and on whether or not it co-occurred with other negation elements, such as negative indefinites and adverbs. The present paper focuses on the way in which this particle as function word is described in the four successive historical dictionaries of Dutch. As these dictionaries were compiled in different periods and on different editorial principles, one can expect differences in treatment of the particle. Sometimes shortage of material plays a role. The focus on translation in Modern Dutch rather than on a precise grammatical analysis, causes inadequate descriptions in other cases. Especially with respect to the conjunctional construction with ne, the lexicographer is in need of clear, insightful discussions of this complicated phenomenon in the linguistic literature as a basis to his description. In spite of these shortcomings, the dictionaries together contain a comprehensive survey of the various uses of ne, in some of them with a detailed inventory of contexts, together with a large amount of mostly dated illustrative citations.
SessionHistorical and Scholarly Lexicography and Etymology
author = {Marijke Mooijaart},
title = {The negation particle ne in the historical dictionaries of Dutch},
pages = {1033-1043},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2010},
month = {jul},
date = {6-10},
address = {Leeuwarden/Ljouwert, The Netherlands},
editor = {Anne Dykstra and Tanneke Schoonheim},
publisher = {Fryske Akademy},
isbn = {978-90-6273-850-3},