Tuesday, September 23, 2008
"I am NOT wrong!"
Did I sound like a know-it-all in yesterday's entry? Probably.
One thing I've noticed as I've become more seasoned (I hate that word "older!") is that those who listen to the other side, who think about other perspectives, who analyze and synthesize with a variety of evidence...are the thinkers I most respect. On the other hand, those who have one point of view (and you can always predict what it will be), those who will argue their views on and on for days on end, those who don't pay any attention to other sides...they are anti-intellectual and probably not worth listening to. Yes, I've been in the latter category sometimes, probably when it comes to language and certainly when it comes to politics. But I don't like that about myself...or about others.
Therefore, I have taken a step back from my adamant post yesterday and have decided that linguistically and grammatically a comment like "My mother she is good" apparently is considered correct. I've heard that from the experts (and I really don't want to be considered a prescriptivist or peevologist). I'd never use that kind of phraseology, and I'd correct my kids if they were to use it. But fair is fair. It must be just a stylistic form that I despise. I am not a linguist or language specialist or English teacher. If they say I am wrong, so be it.
For the record, though, I don't see how the sentence, "my mother she is good" is an apposition. Isn't it a given that a "mother" is a she? In the example given in Wikipedia "my friend" and "Alice" are appositions because Alice describes my friend. But does "she" describe "mother?" I don't think so.