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"Tagalog, it's got a Trigger System," She Said (was; QUESTION-New project)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Monday, February 15, 1999, 8:47
On Sun, 14 Feb 1999 23:23:53 +0100 Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...>
> >transl.: "The man, he cut some wood in the forest"
>-Kristian- 8-) >
I speak like that in English normally, and people around me do it known whether this kind of construction, like "my mother, she told me to go to the store" is regional (NYC?) or ethnic (Jewish?), because as far as i know, it's grammatically incorrect, even though i hear it around here all the time, and my brother said that he doesn't think people in other areas use this construction. The type of construction, specifically, is where a pronoun representing the subject of the sentence is placed into a sentence where the subject is already specified, e.g.: My brother, he told me people in other places don't talk like this. His friend Ari, she lives in Jersey. Those stupid tourists, they clog up the subways. The computer, it broke. (as opposed to "My brother told me...", "His friend Ari lives in Jersey", etc.) For some reason it looks so much weirder in writing than it sounds spoken... -Stephen (Steg) ___________________________________________________________________ You don't need to buy Internet access to use free Internet e-mail. Get completely free e-mail from Juno at or call Juno at (800) 654-JUNO [654-5866]