End of ADS-L Digest - 24 Jul 1997 to 25 Jul 1997 ************************************************ Sender: American Dialect Society Topics of the day: 1. "is is" (2) 2. boro-talk? 3. HELP (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 26 Jul 1997 11:37:21 -0400 From: Ron Butters Subject: "is is" As I recall, this construction has been discussed here before. What my memory also is is that several years ago in AMERICAN SPEECH someone (Jim Hartman?) published something on how this pleonastic (?) IS may have evolved from the long-grammatical "is is" of cleft sentences (e.g., in the opening words of this sentence). Can anyone help us out with a bibliography of this putatively new construction?