Date: Tue, 8 Oct 1996 09:44:38 -0500
From: Molly Connors dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JBLSMTP.PHL.LRPUB.COM
Subject: Re: drop off -Reply
And me, with my PA Dutch background.
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Dennis R. Preston preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU 10/07/96 03:41pm
You're right about the Germanness of the 'come with'; my Milwaukee
wife has it solidly.
Any number of things you seem to be able to rather freely delete in
'transitive' object position, I can't. Smells like age to me (since it can't
hardly be prescriptivism on my part). I hope to get a student to play with
this. Since the minimalists tell us all the grammar is in the lexicon, it ought
to be easy to show generationally.
Now I find myself flipping through the entire lexicon trying to figure out
what I can and can't say... take off, take down, put off, put down, get
pipe down... You ask about:
the parent would be expected to drop off and go back home
When I think about it, I would normally say "Drop them off" but I guess
intransitive "drop off," though not the usual construction, is comparable
When shall I pick them up?
What time is pick up?
When shall I pick up?
None of which get the asterisk for me.
However, in a different construction, I've got a friend from California
makes me shudder every time she says:
Do your kids want to come with?
Where I would say,
Do they want to come with us?
Maybe German influence from mitkommen- Kommen die Kinder mit?
Also consider...To everything there is a season...A time to drop off and
time to pick up.
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu