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Re: The future of the English second person plural (was Re: Aquestion)

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Tuesday, August 17, 1999, 6:32
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From: Dennis Paul Himes <dennis@...>
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Sent: Monday, August 16, 1999 10:43 AM
Subject: Re: The future of the English second person plural (was Re:

Tom Wier <artabanos@...> wrote:
> This is in fact how Southerners deal with the fact that the standard > language lacks the distinction. George W. Bush, the son of the former > President and the likely Republican nominee for the next President, was > giving a speech yesterday in which he addressed the crowd as "you all". > It occurred to me that he probably had to consciously think to use this > form, since <y'all> has in Southern usage become fully grammaticalized, > and so doesn't immediately lend itself to decontraction. Certainly, *I* > would have to consciously think to do this.
However, my sister-in-law, who's from Kentucky, always uses "you all", never "y'all". She also uses "your all's" as the possesive, putting both parts of the term into the possesive case. <<< Around here, people seem to say "you guys's" or "your guys's"... I can never pick one I feel comfortable with, since they're both so awkward, so I tend to be elliptical when I must talk about something oned by several people I'm talking to. I also tend to say "am I not" instead of "ain't I" or "aren't I," because "ain't" isn't really "respectable" and "aren't" is the wrong form :)