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The double positive becomes a negative anecdote

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/12/18

There has been an anecdote going around on the internet (I bumped into it via [WayBack] Giggles #giggles #linguistics – Terry McNeil – Google+) about an MIT linguistics professor on double positives not becoming a negative, but somehow do.

In reality, this was a real life event where Oxford philosopher J. L. Austin posed statement and Columbia University professor Sidney Morgenbesser saying “Yeah, yeah.” quoted in for instance [WayBackSidewalk Socrates – The New York Times

So: No MIT linguistics professor involved at all (:



Via: [WayBack] Giggles #giggles #linguistics – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers – Google+



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