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Re: Double negatives

ghunchu'wI' 'utlh (qunchuy@alcaco.net)



On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 8:44 AM,  <blake.turner@yotes.collegeofidaho.edu> wrote:
> Is there a canon stance regarding the use of double negatives in tlhIngan Hol?

Klingon does not employ "negative concord" the way some languages do.
Double negatives in Klingon appear to act the way they do in Standard
English, with one negating the other and yielding an affirmative
meaning.

{not qaleghpu'} "I've never seen you."
{not qaleghbe'pu'} "I've never not seen you." (i.e. "I've always noticed you.")

-- ghunchu'wI'






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