Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton
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Amy: fronting is fun!

Amy has figured out about fronting things for emphasis or topicalisation (e.g. "Das darf ich nicht machen" as opposed to "Ich darf das nicht machen"), which is fairly common in German.

Apparently, she's still overgeneralising: just now she said "Drei bin ich Jahre alt" ("Three am I years old"), which is not valid syntax in my 'lect of German, but sounds cute!

(Valid alternatives, for me, are "Ich bin drei Jahre alt" ("I am three years old"), using stress, and "Drei Jahre bin ich alt" ("Three years am I old"), fronting the entire noun phrase, though that's not quite the same since it emphasises the noun phrase rather than just the numeral.)

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