how we categorize things
fcosw5 at MAIL.SCU.EDU.TW
Sat May 15 16:36:38 UTC 1999
David Gil wrote:
> Is *English* pro-drop?
Of course English is pro-drop. Anybody considering strings like the
following would have to concede that:
Gotta run! Gotta plane to catch!
Gonna eat that pickle or aren't ya?
Oughta have had the tires checked, he had!
(I'm including the tag in the last one *only* to disambiguate the
3rd-person subject in the main clause.)
Of course, pointing out things like this to my students, native speakers
of a registered, card-carrying pro-drop language, makes their eyes
cross. And pointing it out to other Anglophone theoretical grammarians
tends to promote aneurysms.
Steven Schaufele, Ph.D., Asst. Prof. of Linguistics, English Department
Soochow University, Waishuanghsi Campus, Taipei 11102, Taiwan, ROC
(886)(02)2881-9471 ext. 6504 fcosw5 at mail.scu.edu.tw
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