November 20, 2013

ジョーク「二重肯定」:Double Positive Joke

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An MIT linguistics professor was lecturing his class the other day. "In English," he said, "a double negative forms a positive. However, in some languages, such as Russian, a double negative remains a negative. But there isn't a single language, not one, in which a double positive can express a negative."

A voice from the back of the room piped up, "Yeah, right."

MITの言語学教授が先日講義でこんな話をした。「英語では二重否定は肯定になる。が、他の言語には二重否定が否定の意味のままのロシア語みたいな言語もある。ところが、二重肯定が否定になる言語はひとつも、ただのひとつもないのだ」

すると教室の後ろからこんな声があがった。「はいはいそうですか」

[Univ of Penn]
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