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"Tagalog, it's got a Trigger System"

From:Brian Betty <bbetty@...>
Date:Tuesday, February 16, 1999, 14:08
On Sun, 14 Feb 1999 Kristian Jensen <kljensen@...> writes: "The man,
he cut some wood in the forest"
Steg replied, "I speak like that in English normally, and people around me
do too....."

That's ok. Irish-Americans like myself may be familiar with Irishisms like,
"The lawn, I'm off to cut it," which is even weirder to me than a
topicalised subject. In Mandarin the latter form also occurs colloquially:
Neige Zhongguoren, ta buneng shuo Yingwen (That Chinese person, s/he can't
speak English). It is sometimes emphatic, but occurs in some people's
speech with great regularity.

Brian Betty
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