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
>the South that migrated to the North and formed their own communities,
>which maintained their use of "y'all". These tend to be basilectal and
>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