Date: Sat, 18 Jun 1994 16:33:05 -0500
From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Double modals up north.
Macomb Illinois is on the same latitudewith Keokuk, Iowa, about 60 miles
SW of Peoria.
Yesterday a lady came to our house to discuss hanging new wallpaper.
She had none of the "South Midland " speech which, I have observed
elsewhere, rural people use around here. She coulda been a Peoria native.
I did a double take when she said "I might could even put a [border up
I bracketed the last part because I wasn't sure about the border part.
But the point is, I've always thought the double modal was strictly Southern.
Deep, coastal southern. Any other northern attestations?