Date: Fri, 7 Oct 1994 18:35:56 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
Subject: Name that syntagm
Okay, do the perfessional linguists (what's a "linguist"? That's another
list) have a technical term for phenomena like "I don't care (to)"?
One big problem I've had with my Taiwanese students has been when they
offer to do something for me, and I say, "That's okay."
My meaning: "No thank you, I don't want to put you to any trouble."
Non-native speaker's (literal) interpretaion: "I accept your offer."
Cf. could care less -- couldn't care less
Got a name for it?