Minnesota "come with"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Jun 27 12:28:25 UTC 2006

John, I assume you mean "come with"/"go with" in which
no "object" follows "with"?

I discuss the locution (which I identify as a Chicago
phenomenon) and some (possibly) parallel constructions very
briefly in American Speech 72 (1997): 224.  Nothing
definitive, though.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 17:43:36 -0400
>From: "John M. Spartz" <jspartz at PURDUE.EDU>
>Subject: Minnesota "come with"

>I was wondering if anyone out there could possibly nudge me
in the right direction on some research I am conducting: I
am looking for some attested data/discussion of
constructions such as "come with," "go with," etc. in the
Minnesota English dialect.  It is my contention that "with"
functions as a particle--part of the phrasal verb--in a
limited set of verbs of movement in this dialect.  I am
hoping to track this down historically (language contact of
Norwegian, Finnish, etc), but I am having some difficulty
finding it.
>I find it mentioned, albeit briefly, on the LinguistList
(1993), in Bert Vaux's dialect survey (question 51), and on
a couple of websites dealing with the differences between
British and American English.
>Further, to this point, I have looked in "Heartland"
English : variation and transitionin the American Midwest
(which is where I encountered a mention of the
construction), Comprehensive grammar of the English
language / Randolph Quirk ... [et. al.], Volumes 1 and 2 of
Linguistic atlas of the Upper Midwest, by Harold B. Allen,
Handbook of dialects and language variation, Mike Linn, ed.,
and Handbook of language variation and change /edited by
J.K. Chambers, Peter Trudgill, and Natalie Schilling-Estes.
None of these texts mentions "with" in the way that it is
used in Minnesota.
>Does anyone happen to know of any place where this
construction is discussed? If so, could you point me in the
right direction?  Thanks.

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