October 6, 2008

Antecedents

Seriously, what's the deal with modern literature/music and pronouns with no antecedents?



6 Comments:

Blogger JHitts said...

I'm not even sure what that means.

October 7, 2008 at 3:18 AM 
Blogger Dunn said...

That sort of thing is common in middle English.

October 7, 2008 at 4:11 PM 
Blogger Daniel Silliman said...

I'd call this the bogus trend of the week, but apparently that's already been taken by dudes with cats.

http://www.slate.com/id/2201764/

October 7, 2008 at 5:27 PM 
Blogger Dunn said...

I thought Kyle was talking about when pronouns / relatives occur before their "antecedents" or when they function as their own antecedents. My point is that this happens in other languages, including middle English. Although I am not sure what texts Kyle is talking about, I would not be surprised if English started doing this again.

October 8, 2008 at 11:36 AM 
Blogger K. Jan Harvey said...

Actually, I was listening to Cat Power and became frustrated in dramatic phoney-depthism (I'm making this a word) in general.
I won't try to defend any real point, other than it just makes me mad when people get away with sounding deep by being vague. And I still don't like James Joyce... you can't make me.

October 8, 2008 at 1:33 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

I just really wanted an example of what you were talking about before I argued about it.

October 8, 2008 at 8:22 PM 

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