Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 18:56:37 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Re: go/come with
On Tue, 25 Oct 1994, M. Lynne Murphy wrote:
leaving out the object in "go/come with" is typical of northern
illinois and other parts of the midwest, and presumed by many to be
from germanic influence.
the phenomenon is much more widespread here in south african english,
where, e.g., i could offer you lunch and ask "have you had?"
It's common in Minnesota, which certainly does have German influence. It
apparently never caught on in the parts of New York State that used to be
Something else I wonder about --- "If he would have" where standard
English would be "If he had." It's common in Minnesota -- is it from
German, and/or one of the Scandinavian languages?
Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maroon.tc.umn.edu