Post-predicative Encoding: Comprehension-based Claims Revisited

  • Mitsuaki Shimojo


As discussed in Chapter 2, there has been a consideration that postpredicative encoding reflects speakers’ production-based motivations. An explicit claim of this type is found in Important Information Firstproposed by Simon (1989: 189), who states postposings

are simply results of important or urgent information coming to the speaker’s mind first and thus being vocalized first, especially under time pressure.… The phenomenon under consideration here is more like a case of “syntactic metathesis,” so to speak, in which a certain element appears postverbally instead of in its normal position; it is simply the way a sentence comes out.


Dine Metathesis Koto 


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