Date: Sun, 16 Nov 1997 22:45:26 -0500 From: Kusujiro Miyoshi Subject: double negatives The discussion on double negatives is quite interesting for me in that it reminds me the arguments in England in the eighteenth century. This discussion seems to be the one being had between Priestley and Lowth. Just for the reference, we, the Japanese use double or triple negatives in a logical way in general. In that case, however, the speaker has an intention to avoid definite statement. Regards. Kusujiro Miyoshi + Fumiaki Ushio, kw900325[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]