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Query Details

Query Subject:   Me and John Can Do It
Author:   Lee Hartman
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Syntax

Query:   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.
LL Issue: 18.2287
Date posted: 31-Jul-2007


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