[PLUG-TALK] Multiple negation and English

Keith Lofstrom keithl at kl-ic.com
Fri Dec 27 12:00:17 PST 2019


>From the delightful 2019 book "Wit's End" by James Geary:

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J. L. Austin presented a paper on linguistics at Columbia
University in which he pointed out that, while many
languages have double negatives that make a positive,
no example existed of a language in which two positives
make a negative.  From the back of the auditorium
Columbia philosophy professor Sidney Morgenbesser, known
for his mordant wit, stage whispered, "Yeah, yeah."
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Keith

P.S.  Also on the book pile is the 2019 "You Are A Thing
and I Love You (How Artificial Intelligence Works and Why
It's Making the World a Weirder Place)" by Janelle Shane

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Keith Lofstrom          keithl at keithl.com


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