LINGUIST List 10.1587

Fri Oct 22 1999

Qs: Negation in French,Pronunciation of Often

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  1. Kitamoto, Negation in French
  2. Neal R. Norrick, OFTEN pronounced with t

Message 1: Negation in French

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 11:32:09 +0900 (JST)
From: Kitamoto <>
Subject: Negation in French

Dear French native speakers?
Is the following French sentence interpreted as single negation or double
negation (two negative arguments cancel each other, implying affirmative
(1)Personne n'aime personne.
If it is interpreted as single negation, it will paraphrased as
(a) Nobody loves anybody.
If it is interpreted as double negation, it will be paraphrased as
(b) Nobody loves nobody.
 =Sombebody loves somebody.
Does focus distinguish single negation or double negation?
Misako Kitamoto
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Message 2: OFTEN pronounced with t

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 1999 10:53:20 +0200
From: Neal R. Norrick <>
Subject: OFTEN pronounced with t

The pronunciation of OFTEN with an aspirated t in the second syllable
can be heard from English-speakers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Does anyone know about its distribution in the UK or US? Is it found
in other English-speaking countries? Has anyone recorded OFTEN with
and without t as a stylistic variable in a single speaker?

I'll post a summary if response warrants it.


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