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Re: Ass metonymy (WAS: a bad essay)

From:Eugene Oh <un.doing@...>
Date:Friday, February 6, 2009, 16:29
The examples you've given look like "ass" can only be used ergatively
(that's the right term, right? for the patient of a verb. I keeop getting
them mixed up).


2009/2/6 Sai Emrys <saizai@...>

> This looks suspicious to me: > > > If a koala goes in the water it won't be able to breathe with its little > short ass. It'd fucking drown soon aas it take one step into the water. > While they at the river trying to get something to drink a bear could just > come to him and snatch its ass up. It doesn't know protection because they > don't have protection. What they little ass going to do? It can't scratch > him. The bear will beat his fucking ass. > > Namely, "What they little ass going to do?". > > It seems to me that this ass-metonymy is invalid even in AAVE > ("African American Vernacular English" - an academic's way to say > "ebonics"), though the other instances are. > > It's hard for me to articulate why though. Something to do with > agentivity, I think; one can say e.g. "you best sit yo ass on the > curb" or "I'mma make yo ass do [something]". But one can't say e.g. > "yo ass just stepped up". > > Comment or correction from those of you who've dealt with this more > (either by living in the right neighborhoods or studying them)? > > - Sai >


Chris Wright <dhasenan@...>
Paul Kershaw <ptkershaw@...>
Sai Emrys <saizai@...>