Re: "Barely but booleanly"
|Date:||Tuesday, June 10, 2008, 9:25|
In a message dated 6/9/2008 20:27:43 PM Central Daylight Time,
> 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
I suspect that when you say "I know any Chinese", they're hearing "I don't
know any Chinese" with extreme assimilation of "don't" to "n".