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Re: jIHtaHbogh naDev vISovbe'

David Trimboli (david@trimboli.name) [KLI Member] [Hol po'wI']



qa'vaj wrote:

> Under that assumption, I like your grammatical description.
> 
> Does that imply that <pronoun> is not a grammatical sentence,  because can't
> the topic be placed in the header as well?

It is unattested; that's all I can say of it.

My description makes the predicative mandatory because we don't know of 
any instances of a sentence that is only a pronoun. If one were to 
surface, then the predicative would also have to be considered optional.

However, because the topic of the copula is explicitly set at the end of 
the sentence, I have doubts that any topic would be allowed to be a 
header for a copula at any time.

Fortunately, there are few reasons to use a pronoun all by itself as a 
sentence. The primary one is to translate "I think, therefore I am" as 
{jIQub, vaj jIH}.

SuStel
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