Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 00:56:55 -0500
From: Charles F Juengling juen0001[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GOLD.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.
Lynne, what do you mean when you say that this is presumed to be from
"germanic" influence? Don't you mean GERMAN influence? If this is
indeed a transfer from German, it should not be thought of as "leaving
out the object", as the German verbs 'mitgehen' and 'mitkommen' are
separable verbs which require no object. BTW, my wife,
a native Oregonian, says "go/come with." It sounds odd to me in English,
though; but now that we are in Minnesota, she feels right at home.
the phenomenon is much more widespread here in south african english,
where, e.g., i could offer you lunch and ask "have you had?"
M. Lynne Murphy
Lecturer, Dept. of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340
University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030
Johannesburg 2050 e-mail: 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]muse.arts.wits.ac.za