Right peripheral pronouns

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Right peripheral pronouns

Postby cataphor » 2013-08-14, 10:28

Dear native speakers of Bulgarian,

I'm doing some research on a structure which is pretty common in the world's languages, and it looks like the example in (1) to (6) which is from some dialect of English:

(1) [Talking about some sort of potatoes] They cook fast, them.
(2) She's a liar, her.
(3) I payed him, me.
(4) That's great, that!
(5) We met Lisa at the train station, her.
(6) Mary talked to Peter last saturday night, to him.

What I'd like to know is whether your language allows for a similiar construction. That is, do you - in colloquial conversation - place pronouns in the end of the sentence that correlate to some referent in the preceding clause? If so, I would be pleased if you could give an example. They don't need to fit the examples above regarding the content.

I would also like to know what form the pronoun takes. So, in (1) to (5), the pronouns at the end are all in accusative or "tonic" form. Moreover, if you change the role of the correlating element, e.g. make it an object, does the case of the pronoun change? The relevant examples would be (5), where the correlate is a direct object, and (6), where it is an indirect object.

Connected to this, how would the answers to the question in (7), (8), and (9) look like?

(7) Who wants some ice cream? --
(a) Me!
(b) Her!
(c) Him!
(d) Us!
(e) Them!

(8) Who did Mary see at the train station? --
(a) Me!
(b) Her!
(c) Him!
(d) Us!
(e) Them!

(9) Who did Peter give the money to? --
(a) To me!
(b) To her!
(c) To him!
(d) To us!
(e) To them!


I would be very happy if you could help me out with that. If you like, I could also acknowledge your contribution by naming you in the paper. For further questions, feel free to ask. You can also contact me under andrea06@uni-potsdam.de. Below, you can find a template for the answers since, I guess, it would be annoying to number them yourself.

Best regards,
Andreas Schmidt

(7)
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(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)

(8)
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)

(9)
(a)
(b)
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Re: Right peripheral pronouns

Postby language learner » 2013-08-15, 18:27

Basically what you're asking is whether the language marks the topic is some way. Yes, it does, but only when the topic is a personal pronoun as a subject (in nominative). Usually they're dropped, but when they're the topic (or more like, pragmatically stressed), they're not.


(7) Who wants some ice cream? --
(a) Me!
(b) Her!
(c) Him!
(d) Us!
(e) Them!

(8) Who did Mary see at the train station? --
(a) Me!
(b) Her!
(c) Him!
(d) Us!
(e) Them!

(9) Who did Peter give the money to? --
(a) To me!
(b) To her!
(c) To him!
(d) To us!
(e) To them!

(7) Кой иска сладолед?
(a) Аз
(b) Тя
(c) Той
(d) Ние
(e) Те
subj/nom form

(8) Кого видя Мария на гарата?
(a) мен (ме видя)
(b) нея (я видя)
(c) него (го видя)
(d) нас (ни видя)
(e) тях (ги видя)
acc/obj form. there is clitc doubling, I dont know if its relevant to your research

(9)На кого Пешо даде парите?
(a) на мен
(b) на нея
(c) на него
(d) на нас
(e) на тях
dat/ind obj


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