Consider three different uncontroversial functional categories of of PP complements.
1. Privative function
- ...of African slave-traders despoiled of their prey and thirsting for blood.
- The court stated that " a child injured by the negligence of another person is not barred of his remedy by the mere fact that the negligence of his parents contributed to produce the injury.
- The boy, his ruddy cheeks blanched of color...
2. Stimulus function
- We had been to enough cotillions to be bored of the rituals.
- but I froze, suddenly terrified of getting cornered in the bathroom,...
3. Malefactor function
- The young woman who had carried him in her body had soon perished of a fever...
- It received its name when Aillenn, a daughter of Lugaid, king of Leinster and (in one version) also father of Tea, was abducted and died of shame at her captivity.
Then there is another type of usage which is not very frequent, but still attested, where an of complement accompanies a psych verb denoting a stimulus. Prominent commentators on this site have said of this type of construction (with the predicate be distressed), that "...it's an error only a non-native speaker would or could ever make..." Judge for yourself the grammaticality of the following examples, from COCA:
- and in it Maria Montes is quoted of saying, I am so beautiful...
- Barnett, 1989, especially lamented of this problem, observing,...
- I'm personally a little alarmed of having the Eric Massa vision of Rahm naked in the shower without a " towel for his tush. "
- He did say he wanted to go. He's obviously upset of not being able to go. But I repeated to say that he understands the reasoning behind it and he will continue to be in the army, having said in the past that if didn't go he might well resign, pronto.
If you can find yourself accepting that any of these sentences would be uttered by a competent English speaker, would you consider the of complement to be carrying out any of the 3 above-listed functions?