Indirect objects, Saussure and 'materialist grammar'

Mark Jones markjones011 at
Thu Dec 12 23:39:22 MST 2002

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> From: owner-marxism at
> [mailto:owner-marxism at]On Behalf Of Nicholas Siemensma
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> Subject: Indirect objects, Saussure and 'materialist grammar'
> The indirect object is the thing or person affected by
> the verbal action though not primarily acted upon, not
> the primary object.  So Louis functions as the
> indirect object in the following sentence: "Give Louis
> the cup of coffee."
> The critiques by Nestor, Anthony and Ed of the
> diachronic perspective in grammar and its naive,
> vulgar and frequently racist "evolutionism" are
> correct as far as they go.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful discussion. Thank you all so much.


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