Date: Wed, 26 Oct 1994 00:56:55 -0500 From: Charles F Juengling 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?" > > lynne > > ______________________________________________________________________ > 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 >