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CHAT: Contractions (was Re: Re: Austin, Utopia, Uglossia, and Bats.)

From:Eric Christopherson <raccoon@...>
Date:Thursday, September 23, 1999, 6:30
----- Original Message -----
From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
To: Multiple recipients of list CONLANG <CONLANG@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 1999 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: Austin, Utopia, Uglossia, and Bats.

> Irina Rempt-Drijfhout wrote: > > ya'll > > AAAAAAARGH!!! It's *y'all*, NOT *ya'll*! Sorry, wee little pet peeve > of mine, that sometimes shows up in writing. It's a contraction of "you > all" not "ya will". :-) Actually, it's probably evidence that it's no > longer processed as a contraction, and so people forget where the > apostrophe should go.
Hey everyone. What should be the proper spelling of /lIl/, the contraction of <little>? I most often see it as <li'l>, but that annoys me since the original word doesn't end in <l>. Same with <'n> (/@n/) for <and>... I think it should be <'n'> but the two apostrophes look clumsy right near each other. What do you think?