Date: Sun, 19 Jun 1994 22:55:00 EDT
From: "James_C.Stalker" STALKER[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Double modals up north.
Trudgill & Chambers (1991) Dialects of English: Studies in Grammatical
Variation. Longman has a nice article by Keith Brown, Double Modals in
Harwick Scots on the topic under discussion. It seems to be more widespread
than might have been assumed. A limited range of double modals was quite
common in the Louisville, KY area some 20-25 years ago, although I cannot
attest that it is still viable there. Certainly, "might could" and "should
ought" were among them. I specify "limited" because the range is not as broad
as Brown suggests for Harwick Scots.