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

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