Personal dative

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jul 16 17:45:46 UTC 2001

Just a correction on name spelling (again):  It's Clare Dannenberg, not
Danneburg.  As one whose name is often respelled as Flannigan, Flanagan, or
(horrors) Falnigan, I notice these things. . . .

At 11:27 AM 7/15/01 +0800, you wrote:
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.
>(which involves a true argument, and hence a reflexive) on the
>other.  (It's because the PD isn't a true argument that it can show up
>without reflexive marking in the same clause as a coreferential
>antecedent.)   It's even possible to get "I'm gonna write me a letter to
>my ex-wife"  or "He's gonna buy him a pickup for his son" where the PD
>shows up alongside the actual indirect object.
>Some attested examples of the non-argument PD (several of these from an
>unpublished paper by Clare Danneburg & Gerd Webelhuth, "The Theoretical
>Importance of Southern English Personal Datives") include
>"I seen me a mermaid once."
>"We elected us Ike President."
>"We want us a black German police dog cause I had one once."
>"That house needs it a new roof."
>and my personal favorite,
>"What I like is goats.  I just like to look at me some goats."

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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