End of ADS-L Digest - 1 Feb 1995 to 2 Feb 1995 ********************************************** There are 5 messages totalling 139 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. "and them" 2. ProcessEEZ (2) 3. 3 Lexicographic Queries (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 3 Feb 1995 06:03:00 EDT From: "David A. Johns" Subject: "and them" [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nEm] is pretty common here in South Georgia, and it's not restricted to 'Mama ____'. In fact, it seems to parallel the 'y'all' which means 'you and your normal group'. I hear it most often among students to define cliques, as in 'Donny [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nEm]' for 'Donny and the crowd he hangs around with'. Speakers seem to be aware of the construction as stigmatized -- i.e., they joke about it in the same way that they joke about the 'done' past tense, even though they use both forms freely. The loss of [D] in 'them' may be related to its loss in some expressions involving 'there', especially 'right there' --> [r&:?er]. David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA