Re: diagramming vocatives

From: Carl W. Conrad (
Date: Tue Apr 27 1999 - 14:07:34 EDT

At 10:04 AM -0700 4/27/99, clayton stirling bartholomew wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I'm currently teaching myself simplified diagramming/sentence flow as a
>> technique for working out how sentences, clauses fit together. Can
>> anybody who 'diagrams' tell me how they treat vocatives or address,
>> usually with 2nd person verb? Do you use put it in the subject 'slot'?
>> Thanks
>> Jonathan Ryder
>Like any other clause constituent I would diagram the vocative according
>to the syntactical function it performs within the clause.

And what syntactical function does a vocative perform within any clause? I
would have said that a vocative is not within a clause at all--that it's
simply a direct address to a person: "Psst, hey you!"

Carl W. Conrad
Department of Classics/Washington University
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