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Re: Negation raising (was: introduction)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 31, 2002, 12:16
Tristan McLeay scripsit:

> I'm probably wrong here, but is that in any way comparable to 'Meseems' > and 'Methinks', from earlier 'to me it seems' and 'to me it thinks', > meaning 'it seems to me' or 'I think'?
You are probably right. Although "methinks" got frozen a long time ago, Chaucer uses impersonal "think" freely with all persons and tenses: e.g. _Troilus and Criseyde_ line 502: For whiche him thoughte he felte his herte blede. i.e. "For which it seemed to him that he felt his heart bleed", or line 120: He seyde eek thus, `I woot, yow thinketh straunge, i.e. "He also said thus: "I know it seems to you strange [that ...]". Chaucer also knows the modern use of "think", though it is less common in his work: line 1255: Lest he may thinke that ye him eschuwe. i.e. "Lest he may think that you [pl.] eschew him." -- John Cowan <jcowan@...> I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_