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1. Introduction

In terms of classical logic, the polarity of a sentence describes whether it asserts a truth or a falsehood. Accordingly, sentences have either negative polarity, in the case of a negated meaning, or positive polarity, in the case of affirmative meaning. Many linguistic…

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Frederick Hoyt, “Polarity”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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