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CONLANG Digest - 24 Sep 2003 to 25 Sep 2003 (#2003-271)

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Saturday, September 27, 2003, 10:30
Quoting BP:
> >My mother frequently skips her subject pronouns in written notes. Always > >has. (See, I just dropped a subject pronoun.) It drives my husband > >slightly nuts, but I'm used to it. > > I drop _jag_ "I" all the time in text messages/SMS, which drives my > would-be wife[1] nuts. And Swedish certainly isn't pro-drop...
I sometimes wonder about that. In informal speech I may drop _jag_ more often than not, especially if I'm speaking in single sentences rather than connected narrative. I similarly sometimes drop _du_ or _ni_ ("you" sg and pl), typically in questions. However, this is probably fairly strictly ideolectal. Andreas