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Melville and cases

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Monday, January 10, 2000, 17:33
Well, now, if this isn't interesting I don't know what is . . .

I was just reading Moby Dick (and enjoying it immensely) when I noticed
something about Queequeg's dialect of English: He marks the accusative
case almost invariably with "him".

E.g. in chapter 66, Queequeg says, "Queequeg no care what god made him
shark."  I could see how this could become a case marker: shark (nom.)
imshark (acc.)

Just struck a chord since we were so recently talking about how case could
reappear on English nouns.