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Re: CONLANG Digest - 16 Jun 2000 to 17 Jun 2000 (#2000-166)

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2000, 3:04
Muke Tever wrote:
> > I've never heard "y'allselves", tho. :-) > > Because, amazingly, "yourself"/"yourselves" is the only standard second > person singular/plural distinction. (Someone gave that as proof that 'you' > is polysemous regarding singular/plural, and not just number-unmarked.)
Exactly why it's kept. But, that's not proof that it's polysemous. "Yourself/-selves" is an obvious compound - your self, your selves, if you have more than one person, than there's more than one self involved!
> I think I use "yalls's" -- "That's yalls's problem".
Interesting. I only use, and hear, "yalls's" as an equivalent of _mine_, e.g., "That's not ours, it's yall's's", but I'd usually just say "it's yall's" -- "If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson "Glassín wafilái pigasyúv táv pifyániivav nadusakyáavav sussyáiyatantu wawailáv ku suslawayástantu ku usfunufilpyasváditanva wafpatilikániv wafluwáiv suttakíi wakinakatáli tiDikáufli!" - nLáf mÁldu nÍmasun ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor