Pronoun weirdness

September 25, 2006 by
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So the girly girl refers to herself as “you”. And she refers to daddy as “I”. So, for example, “I pick you up” means “Daddy pick me up.”

Well I read that it’s a sign of autism. Except, we know she’s not autistic.

I supposed I screwed up when I decided I wouldn’t talk to her in the third person, instead using “You” and “I.” Well, of course, then, she’d think that she is “you” and I am, well, “I.” (Mommy is not “I”.

But seriously – how do you explain the relative nature of “You” and “I” to kids just learning language? I figured it’d just work itself out.

So now we’re trying to get the point across that she should use “I” when referring to herself. If she tells us “You have two spoons,” I’ll say, “when Emma is talking about herself, she can say ‘I have two spoons.'” And the wife will say “Emma, you should say ‘I have two spoons.'”

I’m not sure which approach will work – I suppose mine will win out, simply because it’s the one she’ll hear the most.

On the other hand, I’m the reason she’s confused.

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  1. mark on Tue, 21st Nov 2006 4:55 pm
  2. What I finally had to do with my son is sit down one or two times a day and do some pointing. ‘This is me, this is you.’ I would take his hand and point for him and have hime repeat after me. Then I would do the same thing on my own for myself. He caught on fairly fast.

  3. Scott Pruett on Sat, 13th Jan 2007 2:52 pm
  4. This is priceless! I’d never seen this before, but it makes perfect sense that it should happen for most children.

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