How Inflection Creates Meaning

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I didn’t say she stole my money.

  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [but someone said it]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [I definitely didn’t say it]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [but I implied it]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [but someone stole it]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [but she did something with it]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [she stole someone else’s]
  • I didn’t say she stole my money. —> [she took something else]

Note: This appeared in Tony Attwood’s “Asperger’s Syndrome”, but originally appeared in Andrew Matthews’ “Making Friends”.

January 9, 2011 10:20 am

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