Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 15:15:30 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: 2 pl
This isn't "2pl", but it IS "pl"!
I was fascinated to see in Dick Heaberlin's reply about "y'all"
that he pluralizes /buku/ + /-z/. I've heard folks from Louisiana and
SE Texas use /buku/ in English as a quantifier much as he does:
"there are buku(z) of us"
but I never noticed the inflection with plural /-z/ before-- is this a
regular and usual thing in, what I guess we'd have to call, Cajun
I've done a couple of studies of pluralization in Jamaican
Creole, where mesolectal speakers (maybe everyone, in fact) often use
English /-z/ and less often post-nominal /-dem/, and very occasionally
even combine them in a double plural. So I'd be interested to know
from you Cajun observers and others about this mixing of markjers from
different systems... Is it restricted to pre-vocalic environments
where, eg, /buku [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]v [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s/ would sound odd?