THEORY: Re : THEORY: Natural language change (was Re: Charlie and I)
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|Date:||Tuesday, September 21, 1999, 18:53|
Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 20/09/99 06:09:10 , Thomas a =E9crit :
> A point in case: generations of
> people have been told to say "whom" as an objective relative pronoun,
> and yet its use has been in sharp decline at the same time as there
> has been a general increase in the availability of education to the
> common man. I'd say that the decline in the instruction of formal
> grammar* is a result of, not a cause of, the general feeling that these
> changes are in many cases already so extensive that to counter them
> would require near-fascist tactics with respect to language (a la
> Atat=FCrk earlier this century), which most people would consider
> unacceptable, as government policies go
i'd think that the use of "who" even where acc/dat is expected is
linked to putting (resumptive) prepositions in the end of the (sub)clause :
"the man (who) i walk with (him)"
"the man (who) i talk about (him)"
as if some head-resumptive pronoun were implied.
so incredibly similar to current - yet very incorrect - french slang's trend =
"l'homme que je marche avec (lui)"
"l'homme que je parle de lui".
note that cr=E9ole and asian languages already use that handy - and
so beautiful to my own liking - syntactic device since ages.