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USAGE: double modals (was Re: negativity)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 7:02
From:    Geoff Horswood <geoffhorswood@...>

> It's like something my Texan wife says that drives me > nuts: "I might could have..." Ack!
Where's your wife from? Double modals such as this are actually pretty rare in Texas, compared to the rest of the South, since much of Texas was settled by people from the lower Midwest. I myself don't use it, and don't recall ever hearing another Texan use it, but the more I think about it, the more it makes practical sense to me: three syllables less than "I might be able to have". ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>