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Re: [Czechlist] TIP: The thematic character of the subject in English

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  • James Kirchner
    This is starting to come back to me. I think in grad school we covered it with regard to pidgin and creole languages. Thanks for jogging my memory, Michael.
    Message 1 of 12 , Dec 21, 2012
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      This is starting to come back to me. I think in grad school we covered it with regard to pidgin and creole languages. Thanks for jogging my memory, Michael.

      Jamie

      On Dec 21, 2012, at 12:00 AM, Michael Trittipo wrote:

      > On or about Thursday, December 20, 2012, 3:20:10 PM, Charles wrote:
      >> We were taught about theme and rheme - never could get a handle on half of
      >> those linguistic terms but I think Melvyn is right Jamie
      >> On 20 December 2012 20:53, Melvyn <zehrovak@...> wrote:
      >>> Run "theme and rheme" through Google and you will find "theme" cropping up
      >>> with this meaning on tens of thousands of English-language sites.
      >
      > Agreed. Theme/rheme is not limited to Czech or to translation
      > studies. Theme/rheme is a core concept for Japanese, for example,
      > in which many sentences begin with ? (wa), and in overly slavish
      > translations might be rendered "As for [state the topic here],
      > [state some proposition or make some comment here]." In
      > languages like English or French, the task of setting a framework or
      > topic can fall to structures like the "As for" noted above, or "Quant
      > a" or things like "speaking of" or even, after some more or less
      > specific antecedent that's the theme/topic, "a cet egard" and so on.
      >
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