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Southernisms (was Re: Genitive relationships (WAS: ConstructStates))

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Thursday, March 11, 1999, 19:28
John Cowan wrote:

> Nik Taylor wrote: > > > Perhaps the best example > > is that stereotypical Southernism "y'all come back now, ya hear?", where > > "ya" is used for plural in the second clause. > > That's because English pronouns come in emphatic and reduced forms, > and the reduced form of "y'all" is [y@], just like the reduced form > of "you".
I really like this explanation. Do you think it has to do with the /l/ being velarized? ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." There's nothing particularly wrong with the proletariat. It's the hamburgers of the proletariat that I have a problem with. - Alfred Wallace ========================================================