Date: Sat, 14 Jan 1995 15:48:36 +0000


Subject: 2 pl.

Hey all!

Last year around this time, there was a rather long thread about

"Y'all" and how in some parts of the US it is the 2pl. pronoun. Around

this neck of the woods (ie Edinburgh), I have heard, "yous", even by

educated speakers. I don't see why the standard plural couldn't be

added to the dingular pronoun and fill in the gap we lost a couple

centuries ago (?).

I haven't heard "yous" in formal usage, or, if I remember correctly,

in simple, active declaritive sentences. I have heard it in questions,

like "How are yous?" or "Can I get yous anything?". Perhaps it's the

brogue, but it certainly doesn't sound like the stereotypical,

blue-collar Chicago Bears fan.

I'm just wondering if anybody else has heard this in other parts of

the English-speaking world. If so, where, in what context, etc.?

--Aaron Drews