The enemy of my enemy is my friend

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Sushan wrote: March 21st, 2022, 2:27 pm
ernestm wrote: March 20th, 2022, 3:57 am
Sushan wrote: March 19th, 2022, 10:33 pm
ernestm wrote: March 18th, 2022, 3:56 am
If I may extend that thought, there are a number of colloquial examples of linguistic differences between Western rationalists and African American speakers. Most notably perhaps is that a double negative emphasizes negativity rather than evaluate as a positive, viz. 'there ain't no more that can be said.' This results in many anomalies of thought regarding antonyms.

If the writer is sufficiently aware of the cultural differences in linguistic practices, the paradox could even be intentional.
Seemingly the concept of 'double negative' has become arbitrary and being used wrong nowadays. As far as I know, a double negative will provide a positive answer. But I have seen many occasions where it is used to convey a "NO".

Eg: I don't have nothing to say

This should mean (grammatically) that I have something to say. But this is used often to say that I have nothing to say. I am not sure whether this is due to differences in linguistics practices. But it is seen more and more today. Seemingly the care for grammar is growing less and less by day by day.
Oh, it is a long standing observation of African American vernacular that a double negative acts as emphasis, and has been enjoyed so much one now hears white people using it occasionally. It was first observed last cetnruty that it could account for why African Americans perform less well on comprehension tests, but the research was banned as racist after some outbreaks of violence at conferences discussing the issue.
I am not a racist. And I am not against making a language simpler. All the grammar and spelling makes it difficult to learn a language. But it is necessary to have some agreement when a language is used. If I understand the total opposite of what you say, how can we communicate with each other. And when it is put into thought, I don't see a way to emphasize a "NO" by saying it twice in a sentence. It will always be a "YES" to me.
Well its a little more complicated than that historically. The objection was to the Sapir Whorf hypothesis as being racist because it states that African American dialects create more widespread comprehension difficulties, because they are contrary to the rules of formal logic, and therefore, the definition of truth overall.
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One person doesn't speak good English, and we take it that he hasn't learned it properly yet. Two people don't speak good English, and it's a minority culture that we're supposed to respect...

The enemy of my enemy is someone I should be able to co-operate with because we have an interest in common. Friendship is something more than that.
"For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God" - James 1:20
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