I do have a couple of clarifications and/or corrections of what Wallace
said. First, even though Wallace agrees with me that the significance of
the anarthrous predicate nominative is qualitativeness, he later cites me
with Harner (p. 262) as concluding "that the anarthrous preverbal PN
(predicate nominative) is still closer to definiteness than is the
anarthrous post-copulative predicate nominative." Hogwash. Here is the
first paragraph of my conclusion.
"The use of the anarthrous predicate nominative in John is
significant. It is qualitative in 65 of 74 occurrences, or 88%
probability. When the anarthrous predicate nominative precedes the verb
it is qualitative in 50 of 53 occurrences, or 94% probability. When it
follows the verb the anarthrous predicate nominative is qualitative 13 of
19 occurrences, or 68%."
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