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|Subject:||Linguistic text analysis|
|Question:||Hello, I am doing linguistic analysis of advertisements and have a question related to terminology. The sentence in the ad is, ''When was the last time wine won Best Beer in the World? Nineteen ninety never, that's when''. I am particularly interested in determining what the phrase ''nineteen ninety never'' is in linguistic terms. I know in slang it means that it never happened, but is there a particular linguistic term for this type of expression? Could anyone help?|
|Reply:||I doubt there has ever been a technical term for a usage as specialized as that! Geoffrey Sampson|
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|