LINGUIST List 15.1983

Fri Jul 2 2004

Qs: Natural Lang Data; Eng Negative Constructions

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  1. mohammad javad rezai, Natural data
  2. Doug Pennington, The "other" double negative

Message 1: Natural data

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 01:21:09 -0700 (PDT)
From: mohammad javad rezai <>
Subject: Natural data

Dear all,

I wonder if anyone could send me some information on the advantages of
using natural language data in linguistic research.

Many thanks,

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Message 2: The "other" double negative

Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 12:25:45 -0400 (EDT)
From: Doug Pennington <>
Subject: The "other" double negative

I've been wondering about constructions of the form ''not + un-'' as
in ''not uncommon'' or ''not impossible,'' etc.

Can anyone tell me:

1. Is this form called ''double negative'' or something else?

2. Does ''not + un-'' imply a third value? As in, X, not-X, and ''a
little'' X or ''sort of'' X? Or is it used more often as a literal
''double negation'' (hence my labeling question).

3. Can anyone point me to papers on the subject?

Thank you for your time.

Doug Pennington
Cincinnati, OH
(B.A. linguistics, U. Cincinnati '02) 
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