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Has <i>go</i>-V ousted <i>go-and</i>-V?

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Abstract

Contemporary spoken American English prefers <i>go</i>-V to <i>go-and</i>-V. However, this is only a synchronic snapshot. Using the <i>Corpus of Historical American English</i>, the present empirical study of the diachronic development of <i>go-and</i>-V and <i>go</i>-V in 19th and 20th century American English texts shows that both constructions underwent a remarkably diverging development. Whereas <i>go</i>-V only started to rise significantly in frequency at the turn of the 20th century, displaying a more or less steady increase up to today&#8217;s norm, <i>go-and</i>-V dropped in frequency after having its peak in the second half of the 19th century. A close look at the grammatical context shows that, depending on the verb form, <i>go</i>-V took over from <i>go-and</i>-V at different stages.

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