Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 11:11:26 -0600
From: Katherine Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BGA.COM
Subject: Re: 2 pl, "Yankee"
You-all versus yall was socially marked in Louisville in the 50s. The first
was perceived by middle class (especially lower middle class) speakers to be
OK; they avoided the second and associated it with hick and/or working class
I've been doing a bit of highly unrigorous listening and asking-around. One
woman of about 40, a native of Southeast Texas with a distinct accent, told
me she uses you-all consciously in situations "when 'y'all' doesn't sound
formal enough." I've lived in the South since I was six and this
distinction would never have occurred to me.
BTW she also uses "you guys."
Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]bga.com