LINGUIST List 27.2954

Wed Jul 13 2016

Disc: Re: About the construction of ''NP there be''

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 10-Jun-2016
From: C. E. Whitehead <>
Subject: Re: About the construction of ''NP there be''
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Hi, we do not use that construction today; it's common in Beowulf which had a few more case endings than modern English does. It does seem that focus might play a role in word order -- not sure, have you read Halliday on theme-rheme (The construction of knowledge and value in the grammar of scientific discourse: Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species.)?

Wish I had more to say but I do not.


--C. E. Whitehead

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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