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    gapping in parallel structure that-clause

    A handful of scientists are picking apart infants' utterances and finding that not only is there an ordered sequence of vocal stages between birth and the first words, but in hearing-impaired babies a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging capacity for speech is delayed and distorted. Babies Sound Off: the power of babble
    I think there's a gap in not only~but(also) structure in that-clause, and the gap is 'there is' since it appeared in an inverted form after "not only"

    So to check the clause once more, can the following that-clause be separated into below two sentence?

    that not only is there an ordered sequence of vocal stages between birth and the first words, but in hearing-impaired babies a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging capacity for speech is delayed and distorted.

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    There is an ordered sequence of vocal stages between birth and the first words. And in hearing-impaired babies, there is a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging too.
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    Re: gapping in parallel structure that-clause

    "And in hearing-impaired babies, there is a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging too." This makes no sense.


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    Re: gapping in parallel structure that-clause

    This is not a good candidate for a "not only/but also" sentence I think. There is not enough of a contrast between the two statements.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: gapping in parallel structure that-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "And in hearing-impaired babies, there is a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging too." This makes no sense.
    Then, could you possibly phrase the clause "but in hearing-impaired babies a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging capacity for speech is delayed and distorted." into a sentence so that it makes sense?


    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is not a good candidate for a "not only/but also" sentence I think. There is not enough of a contrast between the two statements.
    I think so, but I want to understand it.

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    Re: gapping in parallel structure that-clause

    "A handful of scientists are picking apart infants' utterances and finding that there is an ordered sequence of vocal stages between birth and the first words, and in hearing-impaired babies there is a type of babbling thought to signal an emerging capacity for speech. However because of the hearing impairment, the speech is delayed and distorted."

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