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Only it goes round the room Jenny: oh yes Wendy: it don't hit the ceiling it just goes round and round Jenny: goodjob Wendy: you have to mind your head mind you 'cos it goes up and round and round These two examples show speakers using not to form a negative clause in order to ensure that their interlocutor's orientation to the topic is in tune with their own, by negating an implicit inference that they draw from their interlocutor's contribution, and that their negation then makes explicit (in (12), that Jacky has two parents; in (13), that an indoor rocket could shoot up into the air and hit the ceiling).
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