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In a book I read about all kinds of behavioural oddities people displayed when travelling alone. Then the author continued to mention his own idiosyncrasies by writing "Me, I get a sort of interrogative diarrhoea, I ask private, internal questions (...)". What, I wonder, is the function of/grammatical term for "me"?

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  • The function and grammatical term for it is 'appositive'. The reason for it being accusative is, well, like lots of grammar, just the way it is.
    – Mitch
    Aug 8, 2015 at 19:45
  • @Mitch What is it appositive to? Not 'I' – it is in a different syntactical position (contrast Mr Cameron, the Prime Minister, yesterday said that ... where either of the appositives may be dropped). It's a pragmatic focussing device (and short for 'As for me' etc). 'Remember that the appositive [noun phrase] and the noun to which it refers always share the same four properties--gender, number, person, and case--since they both name the same entity [in the same syntactic role]." (Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas, The Grammar Bible. Owl Books, 2004) Aug 8, 2015 at 21:57

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You can think of it as an abbreviation, e.g.

"When it comes to me, I get a sort of interrogative diarrhoea..."

English Idiomatic Expression: “When it comes to…” by Robby on October 31, 2012

... or "With regard to me, ..."

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  • Why the down-vote? I'd prefer a constructive comment to show where and if I went wrong. Aug 8, 2015 at 21:19
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    Also As for me. Think of it as a bullet-point label. Him, he isn't fast enough; the other one, almost; but me, I'm faster than either. Aug 8, 2015 at 21:28
  • Yes, "As for me" was the expression that I really wanted. I couldn't quite bring it to mind. Much better. Aug 8, 2015 at 21:32
  • Ah, the DBDV (drive-by down-vote), a plague upon this site. But we wouldn't want to compromise the anonymity of the lazy and cowardly, dontchaknow.
    – deadrat
    Aug 8, 2015 at 22:41

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