tlhIngan-Hol Archive: Mon Nov 30 15:04:31 2009
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RE: Double negatives
Thanks everyone! I really appreciate the diversity of response and opinion marshaled on this question, and am now even further excited by the prospect of participating with the group.
not QuchDu'raj tunmoHjaj!
> Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 17:38:39 -0500
> Subject: Re: Double negatives
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: email@example.com
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 4:52 PM, Christopher Doty <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Negative evidence isn't evidence. If a Klingon speaker did say this,
> > that doesn't mean (based on what we know) that they are wrong; it only
> > means they've said something that isn't shown to occur in the
> > materials we have, but which isn't forbidden.
> qIt Hoch wIleghbe'bogh 'e' wIwuqqangchugh, chenbej chatlh taQ. That
> way lies chaos. Since one of the tenets of this group is that we don't
> invent Klingon grammar, I object to proposals for which there is an
> abundant lack :) of evidence.
> My answer to Blake should be uncontroversial: Klingon as we see it
> used does not "do" double negatives. Whether or not it might be able
> to in some hypothetical dialect is unimportant to the fact that it
> *doesn't* in the dialect we study.
> -- ghunchu'wI'