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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear JN,

Thanks. I like to tell the "Call me a taxi" one when we cover indirect objects in my "Transitions" (upper level) classes.

The fact that the students always "get it" is encouraging Very Happy.

I've never used (or heard, that I can recall) a "native speaker" utter "Give it me." (but maybe I'm just hanging with the wrong crowd.)

However, I have often heard this (or a variation):

"I got me one of them."

Regards,
John
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fluffyhamster



Joined: 13 Mar 2005
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Location: UK > China > Japan > UK again

PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Give it me' sounded "northern" to my ears (British), and a quick check confirmed my intuitions:
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Lancashire is a rich area in which to study accent, dialect and grammar as Willem explains: "If I were say, playing with my pen in a very annoying way, and you were to take the pen away from me, I might tell you, "Hey, that's my pen, give it me!" but there's also speakers who wouldn't say "Give it to me!" but who would say "Give me it!" and then there's also speakers who would say "Give it me!" This last order "Give it me!" is not very common in Britain in general, but what we find in Lancashire is it's actually the preferred pattern."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/lancashire/voices2005/linguist.shtml
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