CIRCL: Jonathan Manczur (Pragmatics)

FEB 19, 2019 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM

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WHERE:

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue

ROOM:

7102

WHEN:

February 19, 2019: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

ADMISSION:

Free

Description

Jonathan Manczur will present on a topic in Pragmatics:

This Is Not Not a Thorough Examination of “Not Not” in Informal Speech

There is a phenomenon in informal speech where a speaker will use two negations for what would otherwise be a standard assertion: I am hungry vs I’m not not hungry.  While “not not,” initially appears to simply be a double negation, further evaluation suggests that there is a larger pragmatic context.  “Not not” can act as both a degree modifier and an instance of negative politeness. The great repository of informal writing known as Twitter will be analyzed to discover emerging patterns.