flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jul 16 17:45:46 UTC 2001
Just a correction on name spelling (again): It's Clare Dannenberg, not
Danneburg. As one whose name is often respelled as Flannigan, Flanagan, or
(horrors) Falnigan, I notice these things. . . .
At 11:27 AM 7/15/01 +0800, you wrote:
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.
>(which involves a true argument, and hence a reflexive) on the
>other. (It's because the PD isn't a true argument that it can show up
>without reflexive marking in the same clause as a coreferential
>antecedent.) It's even possible to get "I'm gonna write me a letter to
>my ex-wife" or "He's gonna buy him a pickup for his son" where the PD
>shows up alongside the actual indirect object.
>Some attested examples of the non-argument PD (several of these from an
>unpublished paper by Clare Danneburg & Gerd Webelhuth, "The Theoretical
>Importance of Southern English Personal Datives") include
>"I seen me a mermaid once."
>"We elected us Ike President."
>"We want us a black German police dog cause I had one once."
>"That house needs it a new roof."
>and my personal favorite,
>"What I like is goats. I just like to look at me some goats."
Beverly Olson Flanigan Department of Linguistics
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