english pronoun case (was Re: everybody...their)
hstahlke at GW.BSU.EDU
Fri Apr 20 20:19:54 UTC 2001
>>> zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU 04/20/01 01:39PM >>>
From: Herb Stahlke <hstahlke at GW.BSU.EDU>:
>I lean more to Mark's statement on case in English. Certainly, the
>reflexes of ME nominative pronouns are still used consistently as
>subjects if the pronoun is the sole expression of the subject. Their
>strong forms also show up as emphatic sole subjects,
>but the weak forms combine with auxiliary verbs to reduce almost
>in these combinations the pronouns are not reduced at all (or
>at the most, have laxed vowels); "I" is quite robust in "I'm".
? unstressed "I'm" regular reduces to a syllabic nasal homorganic to the next consonant.
>are you maintaining that HIM in "I SAW 'im" is necessarily focused, or
>topical, or both?
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