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.


Keith Russell