Date: Sun, 26 Jun 1994 15:26:30 -700
From: Warren Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]US.DYNIX.COM
Subject: Re: Double modals up north.
On Sat, 18 Jun 1994, THOMAS L CLARK wrote:
On Sat, 18 Jun 1994 mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU wrote:
"I might could even put a [border up
Very common among Ogenites (Utah), and outside of big cities in Utah and
Nevada. I worked for the IRS (blush) in the early 1960's at the Western
Regional IRS center in Ogden. ALL of the middle-level supervisors used
double modals, they were all from the region. Like Tim, I did a
double-take when I first heard such. Still do perk up my ears when I
hear residents of Nevada using same.
Sorry to jump in so late, but I had to say something about this. I first
heard this usage at the University of Illinois. It sounded really
"strange" to me at the time, and, I think, is still very much a marked
form for me.
That's why I was so surprised to see Thomas's claim that double modals are
common in Utah. I went to school in Provo for three years in the late
'60's, and moved back here 13 years ago. Granted, this isn't Ogden (about
an hour and a half away), but I have never heard the "natives" here use them.
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