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head

quasi reflexive pron. [Pan-Creole; cf. Port. Cr. εl máta kabεsa (Meintel 1975:232) and Haitian "Li tuyé tèt-li" both (lit. 'He killed his head') He killed himself, a calque on African constructions, e.g. Wolof bob head self (Sylvain 63, 66)] in certain phrases: TROUBLE YOUR HEAD, WORRY YOUR HEAD, PUT YOUR HEAD DOWN, STUDY YOUR HEAD, etc. (Gen.)

Tags: calque, reflexive pronoun

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Last update: 2010-10-03 19:50
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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