Date: Tue, 5 May 1998 15:20:36 -0600
From: charles fritz juengling
Subject: Re: go with

>I have a student interested in study the expression "go with" (without an
>object) as in, "I'm going to the store. Do you want to go with?"
>Does anyone know of studies on the subject? Would you use that expression
Check Dialect Notes vol 2 part 2 page 118. This is found in the mouth of
nearly every Minnesotan. It is attributed to German "Gehst du mit?' or
Norwegian "Vil du gaa med?" I have never heard it anywhere outside of
Minnesota and my wife's family in Oregon. However, my father-in-law is
from MN, so my wife's siblings must have gotten it from him. I don't think
it's an Oregonism. BTW, South African English also has 'go with' where it
is attributed to Dutch/Afrikaans 'meegaan.' I had never heard of 'go with'
used outside MN or S Af (and my wife's family in Oregon) until the
reference to Trenton and Long Island.
I would never use it.

Fritz Juengling
Foreign Languages and Literature Department
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota