[sword-devel] Russian russynodal (prize for maximum use of negation?)

Dmitrijs Ledkovs dmitrij.ledkov at ubuntu.com
Mon Jul 11 12:19:45 MST 2011

On 10 July 2011 10:56, Chris Little <chrislit at crosswire.org> wrote:
> On 7/10/2011 12:56 AM, Jonathan Marsden wrote:
>> On 07/09/2011 10:07 PM, Chris Little wrote:
>>> Doesn't And Bible not support av11n? If it doesn't, I would not
>> That's a *lot* of "doesn't" and "not" -- rewriting this with fewer
>> negations, for ease of parsing, would be good.  I think you just won a
>> prize for maximum use of negation? :)
>> Jonathan
> Negation in English can be used to make speech more indirect and, as a
> consequence, is a politeness strategy. Stated more directly/less politely, I
> might have said, "I know full well that And Bible doesn't support av11n, so
> I would not...." (Of course, even that retains politeness via use of the
> subjunctive.) It seems quite apropos to me, in any case, to use as much
> negation as possible when the subject is Russian, where multiple negation
> has quite distinct semantics from English.

Multiple negation is a great tool to express yourself in Russian and
everyone uses it, unfortunately it doesn't translate to English as
expected in many cases.

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