demonstrative or pronoun?
johannesreese at GMX.DE
Fri Aug 7 16:25:26 UTC 2009
> Consider the following very similar contexts;
> Context A:
> John and Bill are friends. John calls Bill on a landphone; it's a bad
> line, Bill doesn't know who is speaking; John tries to identify himself
> (using a predicate nominal construction)...
> Context B:
> John and Bill are friends. John sends Bill a text message from a new
> number that Bill is unfamiliar with; John identifies himself (using a
> predicate nominal construction)...
Dear David Gil,
I would use neither construction in German.
#Dies ist John
???Ich bin John
Rather a (somehow senseless) locative adverbial:
Hier ist John.
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