Date: Tue, 16 Apr 1996 12:46:40 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: On those Bobdolisms Well, of course, parents are always using the third-person to refer to them- selves when their kids are too young to (be expected to) understand the com- plexities of deictic shifters (Give it to Daddy; that's Mommy's coat). That would be a different, and presumably justified, motivation for overriding the assumed familiarity scale, just as much as using a description to refer to someone whose name you know but your addressee doesn't. As for the persis- tence of the pattern when the kids are old enough, maybe it's an attempt to evoke those years when things (esp. the chain of command) were simpler? L