[Corpora-List] adverbial 'behind'

Jim Fidelholtz fidelholtz at gmail.com
Sat May 29 18:57:22 CEST 2010


Hi, Marc,

My initial reaction to your question was 'what adverb?', ie, that it is a preposition. With a bit more reflection, I'm a bit more convinced that it's more of a preposition than an adverb. Cf.

They lost their daddy behind the barn. (or even: after the event, where I would interpret 'after' here as a preposition). Actually, such examples seem to me to point out the fuzziness of grammatical categories (*especially* where adverbs are concerned, and cf. also 'discourse markers', which in their historical development seem to progress syntactically in many cases towards adverb-like behavior).

Jim

On Sat, May 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM, Marc FRYD <marc.fryd at univ-poitiers.fr>wrote:


> Hi everyone,
>
> In the second episode of "The Wire," one of the characters says the
> following:
> "[I am] sorry they lost their daddy behind what happened". This is in
> reference to some kids losing their father after he was shot.
> Is anyone familiar with this particular usage of 'behind'?
>
> Best,
> Marc
>
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