Good afternoon all,
From what I understand, there are two types of は-particle:
The thematic-は (topic-marker) which is used to introduce things into the universe of discourse.
jkerian states that:
There can be only one thematic は in a sentence. If you see a second one, the second is certainly contrastive, and the first might be. (source)
But Derek states that:
The [non-first] は often adds a hint of comparison or contrast. (source)
These two sentences are contradictory.
Assuming that jkerian is right, that there is only one thematic は in a sentence, so the non-first は will always add a hint of comparison / contrast, which contradicts what Derek said.
Assuming that Derek is right, that it is possible for the non-first は not to add any hints of contrast / comparison, then it suggests that we can now have more than one thematic は in a sentence, which contradicts what jkerian said.
So basically I was wondering who is right? Is it possible to have two は-particles in a sentence, both of them not having any comparative / contrastive hints?