Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 10:42:57 -1000
From: Norman Roberts nroberts[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAWAII.EDU
Subject: Re: Double negatives (was one as a pronoun?)
Dear Ms. Flannigan,
True. Language is not math; however, it is logical. May I make
reference to computational linguistics, and in particular to a journal
article entitled "Translating Spanisn to Logic Through Logic."
Can we perhaps say that language can be logical rather than asserting that
it is logical? The double negative making an affirmative is something we
learn in school. It is not unlike other things we learn there: more
honored in the breach etc. etc. When I say "ain't got no" I mean that I
damn well don't have any; logic be hanged. As for mathematics and
language, I've always liked Bloomfield's statement in "Linguistics and
Science" (or was it the other way around): "mathematics is the best we can
do with language."