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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. mathias