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Query:   Personal Pronouns/Reference to Mother
Author:  Richard Dury
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Syntax

Summary:   SUMMARY: RESTRICTED US OF 'YOU' AND 'SHE' WHEN ADDRESSING/REFERRING TO
MOTHER

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR REPLIES:
ALDA GANDINI, BERNARD COMRIE, COLIN WHITELEY, DI KILPERT, F. GLADNEY,
JCB@DCS.ED.AC.UK, JESSICA RING, JOAN SMITH/KOCAMAHHUL, JOHN ATKINSON,
MARGARET K. AURILIO, MARK BRAND, MARK IRWIN, PHOEVOS PANAGIOTIDIS,
SCOTT DELANCEY, JOHN E KOONTZ, VINCENT JENKINS

A TABULAR SUMMARY OF THE REPLIES (ON REBUKES FOR USING 'SHE') CAN BE
FOUND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS AT
HTTP://WWW.UNIBG.IT/ANGLISTICA/CATSMOTHER.HTML

1) USE OF 'YOU' WHEN ADDRESSING MOTHER
MY IDEA WAS THAT MUEHLHAEUSSLER & HARR OR THEIR STUDENTS WERE JUST
CONFUSED ABOUT THIS POINT, MIXING UP THE WIDESPREAD RESTRICTIONS ON
THE USE OF 'SHE' (SEE BELOW) WITH REFERENCE TO MOTHER IN GENERAL. IN
FACT, ALL THOSE WHO COMMENTED ON THIS SAID THEY KNEW OF NO RESTRICTION
- WITH ONE EXCEPTION!

MAURICE WILLIAMS WHO GREW UP IN JAMAICA SAID THAT 'YOU' SAID BY A
CHILD TO MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER MIGHT BE TAKEN AS IMPOLITE WHEN
CONTRADICTING WITHOUT THE NECESSARY SOFTENERS. HIS EXAMPLE IS:

GRANDMOTHER: DIDN'T I TELL YOU NOT TO COME IN THE KITCHEN?
CHILD: NO. YOU SAID NOT TO GO IN THE--.
GRANDMOTHER: 'YOU'? WHO ARE YOU CALLING 'YOU'?

LL Issue: 10.216
Date Posted: 10-Feb-1999
Original Query: Read original query