Date: Fri, 20 Jan 1995 17:14:26 -0500
From: Bill Cole - 919-248-6118 cole[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DG-RTP.DG.COM
Subject: Re: 2 pl
My guess is it will not replace "y'all", though, for as long
as Southerners want to be different from Northerners (certainly the
foreseeable future!). I became a "y'all" user after moving to Georgia
at age 15 (1974-82), but it's one of the single most salient dialect-
markers I can think of. For me, my Southern phonology was incompatible
with "you guys", just as my Northern accent sounds ridiculous with
"y'all". But maybe in medial places like Indiana, etc, it's different.
I have to disagree, Peter. "Y'all" has become pretty ubiquitous. I've
heard lots of folks in the Midwest use it. Southerners may have started
it but it's being picked up by other areas.
I would have offered "hey" until last night. "Hey" is the typical greeting
here in the South (there's disagreement if Raleigh or North Carolina is
actually in the South given the vast number of NY, NJ, MD & MA license
plates around here). But on "Mad About You" last night four people greeted
each other with "hey". Scared me.
BTW: "Y'all" may be short for "you all" but "you all" is never used by any
Ugly question: How much effect does television have on our dialect?
/Bill Cole : To do right, love justice and walk humbly.
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