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Re: Negation raising (was: introduction)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 0:42
Christian Thalmann scripsit:

> I have this weird sentence in my head... could one of you native > speakers tell me whether it's actual spoken English or just another > brainfart of mine? ;-) > > "I can't seem to do it" meaning "It seems that I can't do it." > > So? If it's valid, it sure is one heck of a grammatical stunt.
That's just how we do it in the wackiest language in West Germanic! And then we can say things like "This bed sleeps two" as well. -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> "Any legal document draws most of its meaning from context. A telegram that says 'SELL HUNDRED THOUSAND SHARES IBM SHORT' (only 190 bits in 5-bit Baudot code plus appropriate headers) is as good a legal document as any, even sans digital signature." --me