C. Faulkner on the Possessive Antecedent Proscription
mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 5 11:43:13 UTC 2003
What about "The writing style of Faulkner makes him difficult to
--- Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
> scott sadowsky:
> >On Wed, 4 Jun 2003, Lesa Dill wrote:
> > >His comment was about this type of construction--
> > >Faulkner's writing style makes him difficult to read.
> >So what would the prescriptivists have us say? "Faulkner's
> >style makes itself difficult to read"?
> the usual two choices are repetition -
> Faulkner's writing style makes Faulkner difficult to read.
> and cataphora -
> His writing style makes Faulkner difficult to read.
> though a non-pronominal definite anaphor is also possible -
> Faulkner's writing style makes this writer difficult to read.
> (or "the (celebrated) Southern writer" or whatever).
> these are all significantly more marked, in discourse terms,
> than the proscribed sentence. but you can appreciate that only if
> your interpretation of sentences isn't filtered through The Rules.
> if it is so filtered, then any of the others is infinitely better
> than the - quite simply incoherent - proscribed sentence.
> arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu)
Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - English and Linguistics
& University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
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