personal dative

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sun Jul 15 02:57:59 UTC 2001

Clare Dannenberg gave a very nice paper on the personal dative a year ago
at the Appalachian Studies Association conference (a very eclectic and
interesting conference, by the way, with only one session devoted to
language).  And yes, she had 3-4 pages of authentic data.  Contact her at
Virginia Tech.

At 09:37 AM 7/14/01 -0400, you wrote:
>I think you are essentially right, although it has spread to other
>South Midland (and South Midland influenced) areas. I (Louisville
>flatlander) have it. I'd write to Michael Montgomery (South Carolina)
>if I were you. I seem to recall a paper by him and one of his
>colleagues on this very topic at an NWAV (Philadelphia?) some years
>ago, but haven't seen it in print. As I recall they were trying to
>develop a semantic constrast between sentences with and without the
>personal dative (withm, as you would expect at an NWAV, lots of
>authentic examples). If I'm wrong, I'm gonna get me a new head.
>>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
>Dennis R. Preston
>Department of Linguistics and Languages
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>preston at
>Office: (517)353-0740
>Fax: (517)432-2736

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