Most research done on negation (NEG) raising has been done using English Data. I ex-amine various NEG raising predicates in Dutch based on Collins and Postal’s (2014) theory, which provides three main arguments for a syntactic theory of NEG raising (i.e., island constraints, Horn clauses, and parentheticals). NEG raising is the phenomenon where the negated predicate can give rise to a reading where the negation takes scope from the embedded clause. These predicates, as shown in (1a) and (1b), justify their theory and illustrate the existence of this phenomenon in Dutch. 1.) a. Ik denk niet dat het gaat regenen. I think not that it will rain 'I don't think that it will rain.' b. Ik denk dat het niet gaat regenen. I think that it not will rain 'I think that it will not rain.' While Collins and Postal’s theory maps well onto the Dutch data, not all arguments used in Collins and Postal (2014) can be used with Dutch data. While Dutch has the same island constraints and parenthetical constructions as English, Horn clauses are ungrammatical in Dutch and therefore cannot be used to argue in favor of a syntactic NEG raising phenomenon in Dutch. In this study of Collins and Postal’s arguments I will focus on island constraints and parentheticals and argue that syntactic NEG raising correctly describes Dutch NEG raising. This study adds to the typological diversity of NEG raising and illustrates how Collins and Postal’s (2014) proposal captures NEG raising predicates in Dutch.
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