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Is it necessary to distinguish inclusiveness in possessive

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, January 26, 2004, 6:14
From:    Joe <joe@...>
> Costentin Cornomorus wrote: > >Why does tha think English has half ass patches > >like "y'all" to begin with? > > I suppose part of it is a natural result of hijacking number > distinctions for politeness distinctions. Sometimes. After people > started to get all polite to everyone, the singular just vanished, I > suppose. To be etymologically correct, perhaps 'y'one' would make more > sense. ;-)
In fact, in parts of West Virginia and Ohio, the second persons plural pronoun is [j@nz] (< 'you ones'). I expect this will die out along with "you guys" as "y'all" pushes out all competitors within a century or two, at the latest. (Heck, "y'all" is already all over the Midwest.) ========================================================================= 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