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Old October 23rd, 2012, 2:00 am
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Re: On Linguistics

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Originally Posted by Melaszka View Post
But if someone says, "We don't need no education" in English, despite generations of schoolteachers insisting that that sentence is "confusing" or that "logically the two negatives should cancel each other out", they pretty obviously mean "We don't need any education", NOT "We need some education". I would posit that no-one who wanted to say "We need some education" would ever phrase it "We don't need no education" because, like the Poles, we instinctively distinguish between two types of double negative - the sort where one negative DOES cancel the other out and the sort where it doesn't.
And the same goes for "We don't need no thought control."

(sorry, but the temptation was too great)


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