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Subject: That that
Question: Whenever I've come across the use of ''that'' being used twice consecutively, it's always bothered me. For example, ''That that is is. That that is not is not. Is that it? It is.'' I recognize the two uses of the word, but I suppose I'm wondering why, linguistically, there wasn't a better vehicle created to handle the redundancy of this word? Does this happen in other languages?
Reply: Two ‘that’ words, you could say. Same spelling, not necessarily same pronunciation/prosody in speech. It happens in other languages. I can think offhand of Portuguese ‘se se’, e.g. se se puder (if one/you can) and Swedish ‘det det’, e.g. är det det? (is that it?). Madalena
Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 18-Jul-2013
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