The English Preposition "with"

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Ohio State University, 1967 - 124 pages

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I don't suppose I should review this, with me being its author and all, but I just now happened across the reference, and I can't resist. This MA thesis of mine has a title suggesting that it's about a word, because at the time I was getting paid as a research assistant on a lexicology project, headed by Charles Fillmore. The paper is in the once popular vein of "Xs as Ys", where you try to show that two apparently disparate constructions are actually both derived from the same source. In this case (pun!), I proposed that the "with" associated with the subjects of be-sentences, which Fillmore had called "existentive", turned up also in indirect object constructions and in absolute constructions.

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