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.

Fritz Juengling

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]

South Africa