Re Personal pronouns

Dr. John E. McLaughlin mclasutt at
Sat Dec 18 23:41:14 UTC 1999

I love jumping into the middle of a discussion without having read in detail
the previous discussion, but this is just too tempting.

I've been reading quite a number of introductory syntax books lately for
teaching purposes, and every single one of them lists the possessive
pronouns as straightforward determiners.  They aren't even classed as
"components of a determiner" in the way that "The little poor child" is a
component of a determiner in the sentence, "The little poor child's
Christmas was quite happy."  This really isn't a point of contention among

John E. McLaughlin, Ph.D.
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