Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 07:34:52 -0500


Subject: Re: Reflexives in American dialects of English

Now I lay me down to sleep; I had me some supper; etc. This was the Old

English way of expressing reflexivity, and still exists in some PDE

dialects. On Sat, 1 Nov 1997, Daniel Long wrote:

I have been waiting for someone to respond to this person's question.

Perhaps someone has replied off the list. This sounds like an area

where regional variation is significant. Phrases like "Sit yourself

down.", "I had myself some supper", is this not what she is referring

to? Isn't there regional variation in these types of expressions?

Certainly there is someone on the list who knows more about the subject

than me.

Danny Long

elisa vazquez iglesias iaevi[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USC.ES

I am interested in finding out if there are any variations with respect to

the usage of reflexives in the different dialects of English. I would

appreciate it if you could give me detailed information for the dialect

you speak or if you could direct me to any relevant reading you are

aware of.


Daniel Long, Associate Professor NEW tel +81-6-723-8297

Japanese Language Research Center NEW fax +81-6-723-8302

Osaka Shoin Women's College dlong[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

4-2-26 Hishiyanishi

Higashi-Osaka-shi, Osaka Japan 577