USAGE: double modals (RE: [CONLANG] OT: English and schizophrenia
|From:||And Rosta <a.rosta@...>|
|Date:||Monday, August 13, 2001, 17:15|
> At 11:07 pm -0500 9/8/01, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
> >Nik Taylor wrote:
> >> John Cowan wrote:
> >> > This is a bit extreme, but "might could" for "might have been
> >> > able to" is very common.
> >> I've only heard "might could" meaning "might be able to", like "I might
> >> could get it done by tomorrow". Altho, at least around here, it's
> >> hardly "very common". I've only heard it a couple of times.
> >Indeed. It's entirely absent in any dialect of Texan English that
> >I've heard.
> ...and in any dialect of Brit English I've heard.
It occurs in Scots. I can't remember details but can refer anyone
interested to an article on it.