End of ADS-L Digest - 29 Oct 1997 to 30 Oct 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 30 Oct 1997 to 31 Oct 1997 There are 27 messages totalling 880 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "Smell of" (3) 2. help sought on frontierish language 3. "Bless you" (was "Good morning") 4. thank you . . . thank you 5. the mindlessness of "bless you" 6. Neck Hue (3) 7. Sneeze 8. sea change (2) 9. hello/good-bye 10. Pop Goes The Weasel 11. 12. Hill Jack/jake/jakey 13. rat's ass, nigger, redneck,... 14. PC Dictionaries? (4) 15. "my bad" (2) 16. haywire rockabilly 17. Bologna tra-la-las & chicken-wire floats 18. Reflexives in American dialects of English ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 08:58:18 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: "Smell of" If it was discussed with regard to 'smell' only then it is certainly not complete. I don't remember the earlier discussion, but the use of 'of' with sense verbs (taste, smell, feel) is widely distributed in the US south (and, I suspect, has varying patterns of social significance). Note the parallel with nominal forms of these verbs in such phrases as 'Take/have a taste of this.' Danny Long pointed out that the 'of' appearance in verbs appears to be limited to grammatical imperatives (pragmatically they are often 'invitations' or 'offers'), and that would seem to even more strongly relate them to the parallel nominal forms. If Danny is right, then 'Smell of this' is gram matical, but 'I smelled of that rose yesterday' (with the proper meaning - not 'I had the smell of a rose myself') is ungrammatical. I'm not a sense-verb + 'of' speaker myself. Is that right for those of you who are? Dennis >smell / smell of was discussed on ads-l last year some time. You might >look up the interchanges in the ads archives to see earlier comments. Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu Office: (517)353-0740 Fax: (517)432-2736