please tell us if you find a clear ratio for the use of the different
types of "leftward movement", as I would call it neutrally. I am sure
a lot can still be done in this area.
Elliott Lash wrote:
> My strategy for retrieving this examples, is simply that I've been
> compiling large databases of them for the last 3 years. They're useful
> for when I want to make a point in my thesis or eventually write a few
> As for the 'trķar manach do-rat' example ... the reason why I wasn't
> sure this was a nominativus pendens is that it's been my hunch (and
> only my hunch) that nominativus pendens is usually used to express
> 'topicalization'... stuff having to do with discourse old information.
> Sort of like an English sentence that has 'As for that guy...' 'Well,
> given that situation...' etc.
> Discourse new information (or contrastive information) also known as
> 'focus' seems to be commonly expressed by cleft sentences. That's why
> I would have classified the 'trķar manach...' sentence as a reduced
> cleft (i.e. cleft with copula dropping) - since it's at the beginning
> of the discourse. It is presentational saying 'there were three
> Of course, I need a whole lot more nominativus pendens examples with
> their contexts before I actually believe this in its entirety.