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Re: Topic-comment sentences in Mandarin

From:SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY <smithma@...>
Date:Monday, January 22, 2001, 23:18
On Mon, 22 Jan 2001, J Matthew Pearson wrote:

> "SMITH,MARCUS ANTHONY" wrote: > > > These are referred to as "free topics" and are found in a wide variety of > > languages, including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Gunwinjguan languages (in > > Australia). > > > > Japanese first: > > > > Yama ga ki ga kirei desu. > > mountain NOM tree NOM pretty be. > > 'As for the mountains, the trees are pretty.' > > Shouldn't that be "Yama wa ki ga kirei desu"?
No, that would mean something different, though I'm not sure what the exact difference is. I asked a fellow student who is a native speaker about such sentences. She said the one above was okay, but a better example would be: Haru ga ki ga kirei desu. spring NOM tree NOM pretty be. "As for the spring, the trees are pretty." Marcus