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Re: THEORY: Re : THEORY: Natural language change (was Re: Charlie and I)

From:Irina Rempt-Drijfhout <ira@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 22, 1999, 17:05
On Tue, 21 Sep 1999, Thomas R. Wier wrote:

> Charles wrote: > > > "the guy who i usedta date his sister comma is angry now" > > ^^^ ............. ^^^ ...... ^^^^^ > > > > This is illegal in American, we use something more complicated. > > No, it's actually probably quite common in colloquial American > English. But the more common way of fixing that problem is to > use the "genitive" cliticized suffix attached to the end of the noun > phrase: > > "The guy who(m) I used to date's sister is angry now".
But that means something different! Charles' version has you dating the sister and the guy angry: the guy [who [i usedta date his sister]] (comma) is angry now Yours has you dating the guy and the sister angry: The guy [who(m) I used to date]'s sister is angry now Mind the comma! I understand that Mathias is confused; you had me convinced for a moment. Irina Varsinen an laynynay, saraz no arlet rastynay. (myself) (English) (Nederlands)