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LINGUIST List 18.2287

Tue Jul 31 2007

Qs: Me and John Can Do It

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        1.    Lee Hartman, Me and John Can Do It

Message 1: Me and John Can Do It
Date: 31-Jul-2007
From: Lee Hartman <lhartmansiu.edu>
Subject: Me and John Can Do It
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In some ''nonstandard'' varieties of spoken English -- in both the U.S. and
the U.K. -- sentences like (1) are normal, while (2) is not used.

(1) Me and John can do it.
(2) *John and I can do it.

Meanwhile, for a singular subject, the same speakers of (1) would never say
(3), but rather, like ''standard'' speakers, would say (4).

(3) *Me can do it.
(4) I can do it.

I saw a journal article on this phenomenon, probably in the 1970s or early
'80s. I wonder if anyone on the List can help me find the article.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

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