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Re: Negation raising (was: introduction)

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2002, 19:21
On Tue, 30 Jul 2002 16:34:24 -0400
John Cowan <jcowan@...> wrote:

> > > A: Is he coming to the office today? > > > B: I don't think so.
> 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.)
I think this is different in British English, where as far as I can tell I means something like "I don't *think* so", but is often used to indicate that the speaker is still thinking hard about it. I don't think, so to say, that it means anything in Irish English. [If someone in the street said to to me, I'm have to understand it as a rather imitative use copied from either American or British practice. Basically, the intonation pattern is too modulated to be Irish ;)] stephen -- She wolde weep, if that she saugh a mous Stephen Mulraney Kaught in a trappe, if it were deed or bledde. <ataltane -- Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, GP.144-145 at>