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Re: "Barely but booleanly"

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 2:56
On Jun 9, 2008, at 8:22 PM, Kelly Alioth Drinkwater wrote:

> Would the prosody make a difference? IMD, in a sentence like "I can do > anything", I'd probably put quite a bit of emphasis on the anything, > whereas "I know any Chinese vocabulary" is patterned just like "I know > some Chinese vocabulary", without emphasis on any. > > (And yes, I'm well aware this is not prescriptively correct. I use it > consciously.)
I think if I heard someone "I know any Chinese vocabulary" with that prosody, I would interpret it as meaning "I do not know...", and just assume that either the speaker had slurred their "don't", or said it quietly, or that I just failed to hear it for some reason.
> > On 6/9/08, Eugene Oh <un.doing@...> wrote: >> On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 12:19 AM, Kelly Alioth Drinkwater < >>> wrote: >> >>> Really? Uh oh. How about "I know any Chinese vocabulary"? >>> >> >> >> In fact, I think this is even more likely to be interpreted the >> opposite of >> how you intended. For one, I construed you correctly the first >> time, but was >> thrown off by this sentence. Is this "positive 'any'" a common >> feature of >> people's speech in many places? I have never heard of it before >> and in fact >> instinctively class it as prescriptive-wise incorrect, given the >> meaning of >> "any". >> >> >> Eugene >>