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Re: Negation raising (was: introduction)

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 30, 2002, 20:36
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> > A: Is he coming to the office today? > > B: I don't think so. > > > > B's comment means more than that B doesn't believe the underlying > > statement "He is coming to the office today"; rather it means that he > > believes it to be false. > > Well, that's not how I would understand it. To me it means that there is still > doubt on whether he is gonna come or not, and B's statement shows simply B's > opinion. But since i'm French I may simply be influenced by my L1.
If you stress *think*, thus "I don't *think* so", then there is genuine doubt. If you say it with fairly neutral stress, it means you believe it is false. If you say it with high level pitch "I-don't-think" followed by falling "so", you mean "Absolutely not!" (This is a rather recent slangy usage.)
> Well, since it's a sentence of mine which raised that point, be sure that > Maggel is gonna be filled with it ;)))) .
I thought so. :-) -- Not to perambulate || John Cowan <jcowan@...> the corridors || during the hours of repose || in the boots of ascension. \\ Sign in Austrian ski-resort hotel


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