OT: Modal + PP

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Jan 3 17:08:25 UTC 2012

At 1/3/2012 12:02 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
>On 1/3/12 11:56 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>>On Jan 3, 2012, at 8:47 AM, Alice Faber wrote:
>>>  From a forum posting about today's wind storm in the UK:
>>>"We‚re in central Scotland. The Forth Bridge is shut, cos you don‚t want
>>>blown off that fucker"
>>>(Yes, it's *that* kind of forum, but I was struck by the "want blown
>>>off" construction from somewhere other than western PA and its environs.)
>>discussions of such uses of want/need geberally
>>trace them back to Scotland (or to Scots-Irish more generally).
>I kind of thought so, but didn't have anything concrete to pin that on,
>and so didn't speculate.

And what do we know gerbilly anyway?


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