15.5 Negation in BSL

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Negation in BSL
Negation is a grammatical construction that allows us to say that something is not true or not right.  There are two ways we can use negatives.  They can be “negative declarative statements” (saying something is not true or right) or “negative imperative statements” (telling someone not to do something).

Here are some examples; first the question will be given, then a response using the negation and then a response using the affirmative.

 QUESTION NEGATION
 AFFIRMATIVE
 BIRTHDAY NOW?    
 NO, NOT-YETNOW, RIGHT
MORE TEA?NO-THANK-YOU
YES-PLEASE 
YOU BEEN SLAP-HIM?
SLAP-HIM? NEVER MESLAP-HIM BEEN-YES 
YOU BEEN KISS-HIM?
KISS-HIM? NEVER ME
BEEN-YES  
ALLOW GO HOLIDAY? NO, NOT-ALLOW
ALLOW-YES 
 LIKE TUNA-YOU?   NO, NOT-LIKE ME
LIKE-YES 
CAN DRIVE-YOU?   
CAN’T DRIVE MECAN DRIVE ME  
   

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