Language: Double Negatives

 "I do not speak nor write", "I do not speak or write". Grammarians never slumber nor sleep. George Sassoon says: In Slav languages double or more negatives do not cancel out but reinforce each other!  That's probably why Russians enjoy saying "no" - so many words starting with "nye-".  In the above example in Serbian one would say "I neither speak nor write" using "ni ... ni ..."..

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