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Negation
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The negative pronominal quantifier is usually derived from its existential counterpart by the addition of an n- prefix. The following table illustrates this for written language:

Table 1
Existential Negation
Person immensomebody nimmennobody
Thing eatsomething neatnothing
Place earnesomewhere nearnenowhere
Time eaever neanever

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It is remarkable that this whole paradigm has been rendered obsolete by loans from Dutch, although Dutch has essentially the same regularity, including the use of the n- prefix to express negation. Furthermore, the existential personal pronoun iensomeone has never had a morphological parallel: *nienno one. Both in Frisian and in Dutch, the existential non-personal pronoun watsomething is not included in the system of morphological negation either. In both languages, wat successfully competes against Dutch iets, Frisian eat / yts, even though Dutch ietssomething forms a paradigm with its negation nietsnothing, and Frisian eatsomething with neatnothing. In both languages, watsomething is characteristic of spoken language.

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