Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 08:31:31 -0400
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.UTK.EDU
Subject: Double/Multiple Modals
The constructions like "might could" are called double modals or multiple
modals. There are several good article or parts of articles, all of which are
cited in my not quite published article. There can also be three of them
if one allows in quasi-modals. Ex: might should oughta.
The best comment I have ever heard about them cam from Bill Labov in
an Institute talk one year. He discussed the form (and every grammar book I
have ever examined says categorially, "modals cannnot be combined in
English"), then exaplained their distribution in SOuthern English and
concluded, "Standard English may be considerd a subset of Southern
English. Southern English allows a wider range of variations then
I am trying to get bothe my double modal paper and my a-prefixing paper
finished and to journals RIGHT NOW.
dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]utk.edu