End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Feb 1995 to 20 Feb 1995 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 124 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. 2 pl 2. jakes 3. DARE Queries in NADS 27.1 (2) 4. "different than" ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 22 Feb 1995 00:08:43 -0600 From: "James C. Stalker" Subject: Re: 2 pl A late entry in this discussion. I have not been reading my email for awhile, but just finished the long and interesting discussion of 2nd plural, "you guys." I have followed this usage in Michigan for some 20 years now. When I was recently arrived, it was gender specific. "Guy" was male, singular or plural, in all contexts. Within these twenty years, "you guys" became the generic, non-gender marked plural. When I ask my classes, hence reported data, they are willing to accept you guys as including males and females and for groups which are all female. They still will not accept "guy" (sg) as female in any context. "Guys" can be all female, as in "Let's go guys." Consulting with the even younger set, namely my soon to be 18 year old son, he allows that guys or you guys is non-gendered, but that he would address an older group (like his teachers) using guys only in very relaxed situations, so for him it seems to be strongly <+informal>. It is not the gender which is an issue, but the formality. You guys is too informal to use when addressing the other world, adults. Clearly second plurals arouse interest. The data from the Collective Unconscious (whether recovered or not) seems to clearly indicate that we are psychologically in need of a singular and plural and that we will have one (or two or three), depending on what yous guys want, as they say (or usta say) in Wisconsin. ! <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <> James C. Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu or stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.edu Department of English 517/355 1781 Home 517/336 7118 <><> Michigan State University <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>