3V1067.1

3V1067.01 I wonder I’m hungry”: idioms and structure (12/24/80)

In chanting recitations very like “I thought I saw a pussy cat,” Peggy has
repeated the phrase above, most as noted but with a few variations,
e.g., “I wonder I’m sleepy.” This utterance is noteworthy because it is
one with the surface structure of a grammatical assembly but which is
clearly shown by erroneous imitation to be an “idiom plus” sentence.
Eventually, Peggy will say “No wonder I’m hungry.” How will we then
describe the structure of this utterance in such a way that it’s roots are
manifest ? As assembly of perfected, variablized idioms?

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