[Ads-l] Reflexive pronoun 'epidemic' in BrE

David Kendal me at DPK.IO
Sun Jul 31 11:46:02 UTC 2016

Has anyone investigated this more thoroughly? Does BrE really use more
reflexive pronouns than AmE? Is this a recent trend?


Specifically, use of prep. + refl. pron. instead of the more standard
subj. pron.

As a BrE speaker I think I instinctively associate this pattern with
politeness or modesty in relatively formal contexts, particularly in
‘for myself’ meaning ‘if it were up to me’, with an implication that
the speaker has been persuaded to undertake a task which normally they
would not.

But that's all anecdotal.

dpk (David P. Kendal) · Nassauische Str. 36, 10717 DE · http://dpk.io/
  The House of Commons [is] like Noah’s Ark—a few men & many beasts.
                                             — Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list