tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Sun Apr 14 00:21:25 2002
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Re: "be'be'" - double negation
At 11:26 2002-04-13 -0400, David Trimboli wrote:
>Okrand wrote THE KLINGON DICTIONARY for the layman.
Very true -- the layman of the 23rd+ century, where presumably everyone who
reads English has studied several non-Indoeuropean languages as a part of
their minimal education -- along with more hearty pursuits like temporal
mechanics, warp field theory, and how to make hors-d'oeuvres for
silicon-based guests; and so has the direct personal experience of noting
that English is weird in its "negatives cancel" behavior, and possibly its
primitive lack of color terms for the ultraviolet and infrared range, etc.
Sean M. Burke http://www.spinn.net/~sburke/