Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 17:55:00 +1300
From: "George Halliday (09)483-9039" HALLIDAYG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SCHOOLS.MINEDU.GOVT.NZ
Subject: needs + washed
The use of a past participle after need, want
Yer lugs needs washed. Your ears need washing/ to be washed
Yon wants his lugs skelped. He needs his ears to be slapped.
Wha wants out? Who wants to get out?
and double modals
Aa micht cud dae it. I might be able to do it.
as discussed in the last few days are normal Scots grammar and so could
be expected anywhere where there was substantial Scots or Ulster Scots
Anymore is I believe an Ulster feature, whether originally from Scotland
or not I don't know. There are of course many, many Scots features in American
dialects although no real interest seems to be taken by Anglophones in Scots.
George Halliday HallidayG[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]schools.minedu.govt.nz