Jan Freeman on preposition dropping

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 10 20:14:16 UTC 2007

I came across "apropos NP" in the yesterday's Sunday Times and then
lost it, damn it!


On 9/9/07, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
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> Nice column today by Jan Freeman in The Globe about how Brits blame
> preposition dropping ("appeal/battle/protest against" -> trans.
> "appeal/battle/protest") on the Yanks:
> http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2007/09/09/yankees_win/
> It's a nice example of what Lynne Murphy recently dubbed British
> Verbal Superiority Complex (mirroring American Verbal Inferiority
> Complex):
> http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.com/2007/09/diapers-nappies-and-verbal-inferiority.html
> On a side note, Jan's column refers to Arnold Zwicky's ADS-L
> discussion of "abscond (with)" last month. That's when the list was
> suffering from some weird posting behavior -- Arnold's post never
> showed up in the archive, even though it showed up in (some?)
> subscribers' mailboxes. My reply to Arnold's post did show up in the
> archive:
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0708B&L=ADS-L&P=27049
> --Ben Zimmer
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