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Negation (was Re: Sad translation)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 20, 1999, 23:46
Ed Heil wrote:
> > Really? Based on mental space mechanics a la Gilles Fauconnier, it > seems very possible for "nobody" to do something -- the something > occurs in the mental space of the negation.
Well, every language has its own way of viewing the world. A lot of natlangs require double negation, after all, e.g., Spanish _No veo a nadie_ (I don't see nobody). Some English dialects require constructions like "nobody doesn't (or don't) like me".
> Perhaps Charyan verbs > must be marked with a negation marker to be used in negation-spaces at > all, unlike English verbs, which don't care.
I s'pose that's one way of viewing mandatory redundant negation, especially since Charyan seems to use an inflection for negation. -- "[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor