Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 17:20:47 -0500
From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: WEIRD EXISTENTIAL . . . is is . . . ?
Mary Bucholtz writes:
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 use it.
Interesting suggestion, the psychosocial history of which might be something
like the following:
S' = "The thing is + S"
S' = "The thing is + is that + S"
S' = Is that + S"
If so, that means my real estate guy may be in the vanguard of a syntactic