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Current Status, Hot Spots, and Future Trends in Research on Negation: A Statistical Analysis

Through reviewing and summarizing existent studies of negation that are published both domestically and internationally which investigate negation as either linguistic expressions/structures or as verbal/multimodal discursive acts, this paper systematically analyzes the characteristics of existent studies with regard to their research objects, research content, research methodologies, and supporting theories. After a thorough analysis, it is revealed that (1) existent publications mainly focus on verbal negation rather than multimodal negation; (2) diverse theoretical frameworks were built in order to analyze negation from different aspects; (3) typical research perspectives are found. For instance, many papers investigate negative expression or structures within specific contexts or explore the acquisition of negative structures by children or other second language learners; (4) the use of corpora is becoming prevalent. For future studies of negation, it is suggested that first, future research can expand its scope to encompass verbal, non-verbal and multimodal negation cross languages and different cultures. Second, interdisciplinary collaboration should be fostered, which means drawing insights from related disciplines such as linguistics, sociology and pragmatics, etc., and recognizing the complementary nature of different fields in both theory and methodology. Third, it is suggested that mixed research approaches be continuously adopted in future research as the combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches can provide a more comprehensive and rigorous understanding of negation as either structures or as discursive acts. Fourth, research on negation is a multifaceted field with a wide range of research approaches and theories. Lastly, this paper acknowledges the richness of current literature on negation but emphasizes the need for further development of negation studies across different languages and cultures.

Negation, Verbal-Multimodal, Structure-Discourse, Development

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Yaoqin Xue, Mengyao Zhao, Rongbin Wang. (2023). Current Status, Hot Spots, and Future Trends in Research on Negation: A Statistical Analysis. English Language, Literature & Culture, 8(4), 92-100. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.12

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Yaoqin Xue; Mengyao Zhao; Rongbin Wang. Current Status, Hot Spots, and Future Trends in Research on Negation: A Statistical Analysis. Engl. Lang. Lit. Cult. 2023, 8(4), 92-100. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.12

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Yaoqin Xue, Mengyao Zhao, Rongbin Wang. Current Status, Hot Spots, and Future Trends in Research on Negation: A Statistical Analysis. Engl Lang Lit Cult. 2023;8(4):92-100. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20230804.12

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