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Vocative Quick reference
...any morphological inflection . The vocative is typically used at the beginning of a clause, e.g. John, the phone is for you , where ‘John’ is a vocative. However vocatives can occur in clause final position, e.g. The phone is for you John , or clause medially, e.g. The answer, John, is obvious . In some registers , the vocative is preceded by ‘O’ or ‘Oh’, e.g. Oh my love for the first time in my life my eyes are wide open (‘Oh My Love’, John Lennon and Oko Ono , 1971 ). See information structure ; nominative ; theme . ...