Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 15:59:49 -0600
From: Mary Bucholtz bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TAMU.EDU
Subject: Re: WEIRD EXISTENTIAL
Might this be related to the structure "The thing is is that..."? The
reduplicated "is" isn't a speech error, and it's obligatory for those who
Texas A&M University
bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]tamu.edu
I recently had a two-hour conversation with my real-estate-lending agent. He
has a peculiar syntactic form that I wonder if is just an idiosyncrasy or if
others are familir with it as well. He begins sentences with IS THAT used as
an existential, as in
"Okay. Is that we have to see copies of your 1996 tax returns."
"Well, now, thats done. Is that we need to calculate your gross income for
This guy is a native speaker. Born in New York. Is he weird or what?