Departmental Bulletin Paper Notes on the anomaly in the forms of English reflexive pronouns

尾崎, 志津子  ,  Shizuko, Ozaki

The current paper attempts to explain why Modern English reflexive pronouns demonstrate an asymmetric paradigm. The first and second person pronouns are genitive whereas the third person pronouns are dative. The forms are examined chronologically, and Gelderen’s (2000) compelling accounts are presented. At the end of the paper, the table showing the development of English reflexive pronouns with special notes on the issue is offered.

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