Those pesky negatives (revisited)
Mark A. Mandel
mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Aug 11 14:14:56 UTC 2004
Laurence Horn writes:
"You want not to turn right until the second light after the 7-11."
"You wanna not turn right until the second light after the 7-11."
"You don't wanna turn right until the second light after the 7-11."
the first again seems too high-register, the neg-raised version at
the bottom seems not to (seems to not?) carry the right sense of
"want", and the middle, infinitive-splitting one again seems fine.
Huh? Larry, I think you've been thinking about this too long and gotten
scanted out. #3 is *it*; #2 is understandable but strange; and #1 is
understandable but WEIRD.
(All-purpose disclaimer: YMMV.)
-- Mark A. Mandel
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]
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