Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Amateur linguistics

Okay, so get this. Apparently in some Turkish languages the function of the copula ("is" in "It is snowing") is served by a pronoun. Also, in Middle English and some current vernacular varieties of American speech, "it" serves the function of "there" in its existential sense: "It was nothing I could do" or "Cousin, it is no dealing with him now."

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