Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 10:45:36 -0800
From: Scott Schwenter schwen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Subject: Re: 2nd pl.
I'm dying to know what
happens to these forms, (y'all, youse, you guys) in the possessive.
Y'all's doesn't sound too bad to me, but youse's offends the
ear and I'm not that crazy about you guys's either. I think I would
know if I had heard these forms before, but maybe there's something
crucial I'm missing...
Claudio R. Salvucci
csalvucci[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]delphi.com
It seems to me that the possessive for you guys is doubly (or triply?)
marked: your guys's [gaizez]. Not marking possession on you sounds very
strange to my ear. The only 2pl. form I ever use and the one I considered
"standard" growing up in Michigan was you guys. My sisters used it all the
time to refer to their groups of all-female friends.