“We not ship to Russia”

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I went onto e-bay this weekend and, instead of the gadget I was after, found some non-standard uses of English negation: “We not ship to Russia” or “We not use cheap couriers.” The usage seems so frequent with various sellers that it’s hard to believe they don’t know any better. On the contrary, the structure without the auxiliary seems so widespread that it must be intentional.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationLanguage on the move
PublisherLanguage on the move
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2010


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  • 200401 applied linguistics and educational linguistics
  • 200405 language in culture and society (sociolinguistics)

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