Replying to a negative question

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Dec 24 14:44:46 UTC 2007

On Dec 24, 2007 9:32 AM, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
> Cf. the often-discussed paradox of how a sworn witness in a courtroom is to answer,
> "yes" or "no," a question posed in the lawyerly formula "Is it not true that . . . ?"

Touched on here:
(Roger Shuy, "More prosecutorial trick questions")

--Ben Zimmer

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