Date: Mon, 16 Jan 1995 15:56:29 -0600
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Re: 2 pl.
On Sat, 14 Jan 1995, Ron Rabin wrote:
"Yous" in quite common in Buffalo, NY (here spelled "youze") among people with
Irish and Polish but not Italian ancestry (our three major ethic groups).
I read somewhere yous is carryover from Irish Gaelic second person plural
pronoun that was picked up by some, although not all, who were learning
English at the same time and heard the "example."
Buffalo State College
"Youse" is stereotypical "Brooklynese" and also stereotypically Australian.
Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]maroon.tc.umn.edu