Negative Polarity as a Stylistic Device in Joyce's 'Two Gallants'
This article examines the use of negative polarity as a stylistic device in James Joyce's short story, "Two Gallants" (1992 ). The article begins with a brief account of various approaches to negative polarity, focusing in particular on theoretical paradigms that favour the pragmatic functions of negative constructions in context. After this theoretical overview, the various approaches are applied to an analysis of Joyce's story, in the course of which it is demonstrated that although negatives are not a salient feature of the text they are nevertheless a significant meaning-making resource worth considering in analyses of literature. In particular the article aims to demonstrate how the linguistic theory of polyphony known as ScaPoLine would be a useful tool for those who wish to understand and describe the various voices that are coded by negatives and the way negative polarity is, accordingly, at times intimately connected to focalisation and narrative perspective
Journal of Literary Semantics, 2007, Vol 36, Issue 1, p. 35-52
Linguistic polyphony; Stylistics; Negation; Negative polarity; ScaPoLine; James Joyce