Dialects: Rel. clause subj. in interr.?

William Salmon wsalmon1 at INTERCHANGE.UBC.CA
Fri Jun 4 15:46:35 UTC 2010

> >Is this grammatical in your dialect?:
> >
> >"Was that he was guilty obvious?"

It seems okay to me with a slight pause before 'obvious', or, with a sharp rising intonation on 'obvious'.  And I would interpret it something like this:

'Was the fact that he was guilty obvious?'

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