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Re: Y'all (was: Old Norse (was Re: New to the list))

From:Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>
Date:Sunday, June 18, 2000, 1:36
>That's certainly true. After the Civil War, there were also many blacks >from >the South that migrated to the North and formed their own communities, >many of >which maintained their use of "y'all". These tend to be basilectal and >rather >isolated. As far as I can tell, there is a greater stigma against the >word in the >Northeast than in the West (though I haven't lived in either region >before -- I >can't know for sure).
I've never ever heard anyone "put down" y'all before here in California. Of course teachers didn't like us to use it but Then again, I don't use it in formal speech, and I dont use it with strangers (which is why i said informal, i use it with friends). If you say "y'all" with a southern drawl here, then people will think you're hickish. I dont say it like that, I say it the way I say every other word. The rednecks and hicks here dont have any particular speech differences from other people (other than keeping to themselves). I'd say in California, it has a slang connotation. _________________________________________________________ This ain't a yes, this ain't a no, just do your thang, we'll see how it goes