I love me some Jiminy Glick: The semantic contribution of 'some' in personal dative constructions

Liela Edel Rotschy


This paper examines the semantics of the I Love Me Some {X} variant of the personal dative construction. Contrary to previous analyses (Horn 2008, 2010), I argue that the sub-construction manifests characteristic personal dative semantics, and that its use of ‘some’ is semantically motivated. When blended with the constructional semantics and with the semantics of ‘love’ (in its ‘desire’ sub-sense), ‘some’ invites a construal of the direct object as a consumable commodity for which the subject experiences a habitual craving.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/exabs.v0i0.545