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Query:   Use of 'What it is is'
Author:  Emma Pavey
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   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,
Emma Pavey

Dr Emma Pavey

LL Issue: 16.288
Date Posted: 31-Jan-2005
Original Query: Read original query


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