Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 00:44:23 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: Anyone familiar with the following expressions?
A. A. Hill quote in class a sentence he'd actually heard, with all the
We've elected us Ike president.
As I recall, he indicated that the speaker gave signals of awareness that he
was playing with language, but not violating grammaticality. It seems to me
that the question is statistical probability or something like that rather
than straight-out grammar.
I'm gonna fry me an egg right now
I'm gonna buy me a Power Mac as a retirement present ('myself' would not have
the same reading for me)
I'm gonna read me a book right now
So you fried you an egg and ate it immediately, did you?
I bought me a good book yesterday
*He bought him a good book yesterday
?You bought you a good book yesterday
This construction has very limited probabilities of occurrence -- situationally
constrained. One could "dismiss" them as something like figurative use of
language. Or is this part of the creative element inherent in human language?