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From:Muke Tever <alrivera@...>
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2000, 5:44
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From: "Nik Taylor" <fortytwo@...>
>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
>> 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!
Hmm, maybe. But I wonder if others do that? So, people who can have both singular and plural "they", what -self/-selves form would you use in this sentence? "If anyone calls, tell them to go f**k _________." I don't think I'm aware of a themself/theirself form. [Err... ok, Altavista gives 26353 'themself' references and 1158 'theirself' ones. But the first hits that come up are from grammar sites telling you not to use them...]
>> 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"
I think "yalls's" has an 'intensive' meaning that the other mine-equivalent pronouns don't have. I would use yalls's as a mine-equivalent though. *Muke!