Date: Sun, 26 Jun 1994 15:26:30 -700 From: Warren Keith Russell 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 > > there]. > > 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. Hmmmm.... Keith Russell wkr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]