Ha ha, I see what you did there, Pops.It just sounds backward [...] Maybe down-under it works.
Sometimes a sentence comes out awkwardly because you're composing it as you go along, sure; you start with the pronoun "it" but then decide to clarify what you're talking about. Barring that, I don't think I would ever say anything like "She's pretty angry, my wife" or "It's really warm, that coat." This is a construction I hear a great deal, though, from native speakers of Romance languages, in whose mother tongues that ordering is actually the most normal way to arrange such a thought. Subject-final sentences are quite rare in English.Maybe AmE speakers always think out their sentences in advance.
Another supporting voice. I instinctively put in the comma in the "transcript" of a sentence in the making. We quite often have threads about such sentences, from transcripts of interviews, where the end of the sentence was not created when the beginning was spoken Of course, in writing it wouldn't do, unless to report such a speechJust so that Susan doesn't feel alone, as the only BE voice so far: I find that construction perfectly natural, and I use it and hear it pretty often. But the commas are essential.
I'd say that it's probably mostly used when the speaker starts out with an initially formed thought, such as "It's funny" (knowing what "it" means), and then instinctively adds an explanatory phrase ("this movie") for clarity.
Maybe AmE speakers always think out their sentences in advance.
Good point, Glen. I often hear it, and use it, in French.[...] This is a construction I hear a great deal, though, from native speakers of Romance languages, in whose mother tongues that ordering is actually the most normal way to arrange such a thought. [...]
Interesting thread, Cagey. Some of the examples there sound very 'Yodaesque', while others (particularly your lower-register examples) sound quite normal to me. However, I'm not sure the construction we have here is actually the same. Hyperbaton is the transposition of normal word order, and the examples in that other thread, and in other sources I've looked at, don't add extra words or punctuation.Here is a previous thread on this construction, along with a fancy rhetorical term:
Hyperbaton = apposition? [inversion normal word order] [...]