Knock! Knock! Who's there?

H.-J. Sasse Hj.Sasse at UNI-KOELN.DE
Tue Nov 17 17:14:21 UTC 1998

> I'm not aware, in my limited knowledge, of any language that in one way or
> another (sub_pro, COP, V, marker) doesn't specify a syntagmatic referent
> with respect to the nom_pred; that is, is there any known language in which
> the nom_pred suffices for its subject referent as well (*"Student", meaning
> "I am a student")?

In Hungarian, which has no copula in the 3rd person,  it is quite normal to use
the predicate noun without any subject pronoun (precisely the type "Student."
meaning "He/She is a student." that Seth was alluding to).


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