Prof. Julie Boland appears in the Fall, 2011 issue of the LSA Magazine. in a feature called "When Research Goes Sideways."


Using nonstandard subject-verb agreement, she is studying whether it is possible to prime, or coax, ungrammatical sentences out of someone who doesn’t speak that way. “I could might pick up some pizza later” or “I could could pick up some pizza later.”
EARLY FINDINGS: It is possible to prime these supposedly ungrammatical constructions, suggesting that we “have” these non-standard variants in our mental grammar, along with some usage details (as in, “I wouldn’t say that, but my redneck neighbor would”).