Date: Tue, 17 Oct 1995 08:31:31 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" 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 Standard English." I am trying to get bothe my double modal paper and my a-prefixing paper finished and to journals RIGHT NOW. Bethany dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]