28 June 2011

are loving

I am currently in Melbourne for a couple of weeks. I have heard an expression that seems unusual:
What are you loving at the moment? (said by a radio disk jockey)
I have someone here who is wanting to close a bank account. (said by a bank employee)
In Standard English, the progressive is not generally used with stative verbs like love and want.

I don't know if these are isolated instances or if they reflect an innovation in Australian English; and if the latter, I don't know if they are restricted to Melbourne or are found in other places in Australia.