Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 12:09:48 GMT
From: "Warren A. Brewer" NCUT054[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TWNMOE10.BITNET
Subject: Pleonastic pronouns (?)
Rex Pyles mentions Dative in reference to constructions like, I'm
gonna read me a good book.
Name that tune: I'm gonna cry me a river over you.
Curious how this seems to parallel Latin phenomena. Latin grammarians
use terms like dativus (in)commodi ("dative of (dis)advantage"),
dativus ethicus ("ethical dative"), dativus symaptheticus.
These dative uses were frequently colloquial, and "pleonastic" in the
sense that the literary language found them superfluous. These
datives expressed something more personal, even "warmer" according to
For English there's probably even a usage hierarchy for some examples:
(1) I'm gonna cry me a river over you. (bare objective pronoun)
(2) I'm gonna cry myself a river over you. (-self form)
(3) I am going to cry a river over you. (expurgated, ala Stan