personal dative

Sonja L Launspach sllauns at ISU.EDU
Sat Jul 14 01:44:40 UTC 2001

I'm looking for help finding information on the personal dative. The only
article that I have been able to locate is Donna Christian's. I know that
Margaret Mishoe gave a talk once on the topic but I can't find a published
version of her talk. Are there any other articles out there to look at?
Also is this feature primarly associated with the Scots-Irish influence
in general? My impression (rightly or wrongly) is that the personal dative
is considered a feature of Appalachian English. Is this correct or does it
occur in other Am English dialects?

Sonja Launspach
Sonja Launspach
Assistant Professor Linguistics
Dept.of English & Philosophy
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209
email: sllauns at

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