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Re: Double negatives

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



ghunchu'wI' 'utlh wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 1:39 PM, Christopher Doty <suomichris@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 06:29, ghunchu'wI' 'utlh <qunchuy@alcaco.net> wrote:
>>> Double negatives in Klingon appear to act the way they do in Standard
>>> English, with one negating the other and yielding an affirmative
>>> meaning.
>> This doesn't happen in Standard English, and it is stupid to say so.
> 
> Did I err in using the name "Standard English" to refer to the strict
> grammatical rules taught in school?  Or did my English teachers err in
> telling me that double negatives essentially cancel?

Actually, the argument made by English teachers is that double negatives 
*would* cancel each other out *if they were allowed*, which is why 
they're *not* allowed. The argument is false, of course, but it's 
probably easier to say that than to get eight-year-old children to 
understand deeper mysteries of linguistics. The teachers themselves 
usually don't know any better either.

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