LINGUIST List 16.288
Mon Jan 31 2005
Sum: Use of 'What it is is'
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Use of 'What it is is'
Message 1: Use of 'What it is is'
From: Emma Pavey <elpavey1hotmail.com>
Subject: Use of 'What it is is'
Regarding query: http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-80.html
Thanks for the messages in response to this posting (LINGUIST List:
Vol-16-80. Subject: 16.80) from William Rapaport, Alex Boulton, Maryam
Bakht-Rofheart, Joybrato Mukherjee, Mary Ellen Ryder, Patrick McLoughlin,
and finally Karen Stanley who suggested the single copula form 'What it is,
I changed my medication' may be related to "You know what it is?..I changed
my migraine medication." I agree there may be a familial relationship here,
although I think the two have slightly different functions.
Since the remaining messages largely concerned the "double copula"
constructions in general I refer readers to previous discussions on this
broader topic which also contain useful bibliographies of relevant literature:
LINGUIST List: Vol-15-427. Mon Feb 2 2004. ISSN: 1068-4875. Subject:
15.427, Sum: English Double Copula
LINGUIST List: Vol-15-518. Sun Feb 8 2004. ISSN: 1068-4875. Subject:
15.518, Disc: New: ''double be'' and other non-standard BEs
Thanks to those who responded,
Dr Emma Pavey
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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