Date: Thu, 6 Apr 1995 17:55:00 +1300 From: "George Halliday (09)483-9039" 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 settlement. 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