[Ads-l] Testing the Horn Hypothesis

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 5 15:48:53 UTC 2015


Interesting.   I guess that's one way to deal with what happens when the rules break down (as they do for case marking pronouns in conjoined noun phrases):  flip separate coins for each pronoun instead of one coin to handle both.  I would expect that maybe "between him and I" would be slightly more expected than "between he and me", if only because the objective case marked pronoun is closer to the preposition.   But I agree about the ouch.

LH

> On Aug 5, 2015, at 8:50 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
> 
> Larry,
> 
> Your hypothesis is that the object of a preposition or verb being two or more pronouns rather than one changes the rules.
> 
> From a Boston Globe column titled "NFL Notebook" and attributed to the Associated Press, about NY Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's amputation of his right index finger after a fireworks accident:
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> General manager Jerry Reese said in a radio interview that "it was  personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I."
> 
> Ouch.
> 
> Joel
> 
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