Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
Home
Hostname: page-component-7ccbd9845f-6pjjk Total loading time: 0.369 Render date: 2023-01-31T02:16:29.338Z Has data issue: true Feature Flags: { "useRatesEcommerce": false } hasContentIssue true

4 - Pronouns

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 January 2010

Get access

Summary

Personal

In the first person, the use of me as a nonstandard form of my is doubtless the result of vowel reduction under low stress, with consequent confusion or merger of the vowels in the two words.

  1. me My <Patrick, me boyo, we've had our break.> 1989 Quinton 37.

  2. meself Myself: CIC has 7.8 iptmw in British texts, principally speech, but also written representations of speech, and only 0.5 in American texts. <I'd put meself in an old people's home just for the peace and quiet.> 1990 Critchfield (quoting TV's EastEnders) 83.

CGEL (6.18n) reports two uses of the first person plural that are British rather than American. (1) The “royal we” is said to be “virtually obsolete … traditionally used by a monarch, as in the following examples, both famous dicta by Queen Victoria: / We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. / We are not amused.” (2) A nonstandard use of plural us for singular me is exemplified by “Lend us a fiver.” This use is also reported by Michael Swan (1995, 432): “In very informal British speech, us is quite often used instead of me (especially as an indirect object) / Giveusa kiss, love.” The contraction of us to 's in such constructions is an additional British feature. For the use of our with personal names, see § 2.3.3.

  1. us Me <‘Give's a fag’ said one [small boy].> 1995 June 8 London Review of Books 8/4. <Auditions are this morning. Pack us a pickle sandwich. I'm off to London.> 2003 July 4 Times T2 2/2.

Type
Chapter
Information
British or American English?
A Handbook of Word and Grammar Patterns
, pp. 107 - 118
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2006

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)

Save book to Kindle

To save this book to your Kindle, first ensure coreplatform@cambridge.org is added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Then enter the ‘name’ part of your Kindle email address below. Find out more about saving to your Kindle.

Note you can select to save to either the @free.kindle.com or @kindle.com variations. ‘@free.kindle.com’ emails are free but can only be saved to your device when it is connected to wi-fi. ‘@kindle.com’ emails can be delivered even when you are not connected to wi-fi, but note that service fees apply.

Find out more about the Kindle Personal Document Service.

  • Pronouns
  • John Algeo
  • Book: British or American English?
  • Online publication: 08 January 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511607240.006
Available formats
×

Save book to Dropbox

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Dropbox.

  • Pronouns
  • John Algeo
  • Book: British or American English?
  • Online publication: 08 January 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511607240.006
Available formats
×

Save book to Google Drive

To save content items to your account, please confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies. If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your account. Find out more about saving content to Google Drive.

  • Pronouns
  • John Algeo
  • Book: British or American English?
  • Online publication: 08 January 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511607240.006
Available formats
×