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19 March 2017

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Melanie B

Oh what a fascinating series of rabbit trails! It makes me want to go take a linguistics class or two or three.

I remember learning about Latin emphasizing certain words by their placement in the sentence. Putting a word at the beginning emphasizes it. But also delaying a verb until the end of a sentence has a different kind of emphasis. I vaguely remember Cicero liked to string together long series of clause after clause and then drop the main verb in at the very end, which has a sort of breathless effect as he leaves you hanging and hanging as all these ideas pile up but you don't have the verb yet to tell you how they all will fit together. That really fascinated me when we were reading Cicero.

Jamie

I've never even heard of theme-rheme. (Spellcheck has never heard of it either.) Cool stuff!

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