"I loves me some X" redux
Dennis R. Preston
preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jul 24 20:37:42 UTC 2002
>All your *'s a perfectly grammatical for me.
>Is there really a dialect where this "love [objective pronoun] [something]"
>is used conventionally? I find "I stopped and got me some smokes" quite
>ordinary and natural, but I've never encountered anything like "I really
>love me some smokes". The only environment in which I would find such a
>construction even borderline natural would be along the lines of "I loved
>me some girls" and I think this is a different "love" (cf. "met all the
>girls and I loved myself a few" [IIRC] in the song "One Toke Over the Line").
>To me these "I love[s] me [something]" examples on the Web etc. look like
>caricatures or imitations of some dialect rather than examples of an
>established usage ... maybe analogous to the effort to sound "southern" by
>replacing "you" with "y'all" in absolutely all contexts singular or plural.
>But then maybe it's just that I haven't been to [quaint locality X] where
>everybody's been doing these things routinely for centuries.
>As for the qualifier, consider:
>I stopped and bought cigarettes.
>I stopped and bought some cigarettes.
>I stopped and bought me some cigarettes.
>* I stopped and bought me cigarettes.
>I stopped and bought myself some cigarettes.
>* I stopped and bought myself cigarettes.
>I stopped and bought cigarettes for myself.
>I stopped and bought some cigarettes for myself.
>I stopped and bought my wife some cigarettes.
>* I stopped and bought my wife cigarettes.
>I stopped and bought cigarettes for my wife.
>I stopped and bought some cigarettes for my wife.
>* Does y'all agrees y'all with them there little stars? (^_^)
>-- Doug Wilson
Dennis R. Preston
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