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  1. languagemonster's Avatar

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    Fronting

    Can anybody tell me about Fronting?

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Fronting

    In syntax, fronting is moving a clause element that is usually placed after the verb to the first position in the clause (i.e. before the subject and the verb). The effect of fronting is usually that the fronted element receives special emphasis, often because it contrasts with something mentioned earlier,

    Ex: I always watch that programme.
    Ex: That programme I always watch. (direct object fronting)

    Source: Glossary of Grammatical Terms used in English Grammar: Theory and Use

    In phonology, fronting is a process whereby speakers replace sounds made towards the back of the oral cavity with equivalent sounds made further forward; e.g., tar for car.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Fronting

    "Fronting" is also a slang term for pretending to be more important or impressive than you really are.

    "Did you see Darryll driving that Cadillac all over town? He's just fronting, though, that's a rental car."

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    Re: Fronting

    Ah, and there's fronting money or goods.

    Ex: I'll front you the cash until you get paid.
    Ex: He fronted me the stuff, but his dealer doesn't know.

  5. languagemonster's Avatar

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    Re: Fronting

    Thanks very much guys :) it really helped ;)

  6. Casiopea's Avatar

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    Re: Fronting

    You're most welcome.

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    Re: Fronting

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    ...

    In phonology, fronting is a process whereby speakers replace sounds made towards the back of the oral cavity with equivalent sounds made further forward; e.g., tar for car.

    ...
    A more common case is the trait called TH-fronting, common in many dialects:
    /θ/ => /f/, as in 'Fings ain't wot they used to be. (This is not just a dialectal thing - native-speaking toddlers usually pass through a phase of doing this.)

    b

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