Re: Verbs of Transfer and Exchange in Cherani Trade Speech
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 11, 2003, 18:50|
John Cowan wrote at 2003-02-11 06:21:34 (-0500)
> What *is* weird about English is its ability to promote the IO as
> well as the DO to subject by passivization: "The fish was given to
> Tlefrin by Netannin". BrE can omit the "to" here, but AmE can't.
! I can't necessarily speak for all BrE speakers, but _I_ can't do
that. Maybe in rather archaic or dialectal speech... The effect, to
me, is not unlike when Americans speak of "writing someone".