Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 17:55:00 +1300


Subject: needs + washed

Scots Syntax

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]