Date: Mon, 31 Oct 1994 10:26:32 EST
From: "Betty S. Phillips" EJPHILL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ROOT.INDSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: needs+pp
I will add my anecdote about needs + pp. As a graduate student at
UGA, I had a professor point out that needs + V-ing was the Southern
usage, not needs + pp. They both sounded OK to me--a native south
Georgian. So I polled my brother and sister: "The car is dirty. It
needs ______." Both insisted on "washing" and totally rejected
"washed." Then I asked my Wisconsin mother (Platteville, to be
specific). She replied with "washed." I could only conclude that I
must have been more influenced by my mother's dialect than they
had been. A parent's dialect can indeed make a difference.
Indiana State U.
Terre Haute, IN 47809