By Kathryn Bertine
Think George Plimpton. other than with actual athletic skill. And he’s a girl. And she’s taken on a problem that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk video game of cross Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former specialist determine skater, and ravenous artist. simply as her own goals start to disintegrate in the summertime of 2006, ESPN stakes her to a dream: Take years to make the 2008 summer season Olympics in Beijing. As stable As Gold is the heroic, hilarious account of Bertine’s serial labor within the geographical regions of triathlon, glossy pentathlon, staff handball, music biking, street biking, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her trip, the hindrances variety from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to floundering relationships, repeated rejection to highway rash. yet, as time is operating out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, basically the large—like scouring the globe for a tiny kingdom to undertake her, and pushing her physique and brain so far as it's going to pass. perhaps all of the approach to China.
Between harrowing, frequently laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes brief “Water Breaks” to think about the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and the way most sensible to punish steroid users.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides—and writes—like a champion. In As reliable as Gold, Bertine proves she has whatever extra useful than an Olympic medal. She’s obtained Olympic mettle. in terms of the human center, she takes the gold.
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1 summarizes the subtypes of identificational and ascriptive predicates discussed above. For an in-depth treatise on these issues, the reader is referred to Stassen (1997). Copulas are also frequently encountered as components of EXISTENTIAL PREDICATES. Only in the former case do they qualify as copulas. 12, must be used with quantificational predicates. 14, in which a copula is simply added to a numeral or quantifier in predicate position, is not considered acceptable by native speakers. 14 in that numerals and quantifiers in predicate position, at least in certain contexts, receive the ‘curious -an/en suffix’ (Kenesei, Vago, and Fenyvesi 1998: 61).
DAT Hannes ‘the book belongs to Hannes’ (author’s field data) Copulas are also frequently added to predicate nuclei that consist of time specifications. This is at least in part responsible for the largely idiosyncratic and contradictory, if not to say chaotic, usage of terminological labels for the predicate types dealt with above both in the descriptive and theoretical literature. 25. 26. 68). 27. 28. 30 demonstrate. 29. 30. 31. 32. 36 illustrate. 33. 34. 35. 36. In some languages the copula can be skipped in the third person singular only.
30. 31. 32. 36 illustrate. 33. 34. 35. 36. In some languages the copula can be skipped in the third person singular only. Thus, past tense must also be included in the list of grammatical categories which may trigger copula dropping. 37. 38. gín dúg⋅ê 3PL naked ‘they are naked’ (Tucker 1993: 255) The Swahili copula ni can be dropped in a similar set of contexts: ‘If the subject is an independent pronoun or demonstrative, ni may be omitted’ (Welmers 1973: 325). 39. 40. In all other contexts, the copula is either obligatory or optional.