Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 11:32:54 -0800
From: THOMAS CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Possessive Marker
The various items of second person and possessives an ting prompts a query.
I have been encountering a phenomenon from some shirttail relatives who
grew up in Colorado. When speaking of their children's families or
brother's families, they will use a Proper Noun + Possessive and delete
the common noun:
Merle's were down for Christmas (vs Merle's _family_ came for Christmas)
John's came over to play bridge (vs John and his wife Susie cam over)
Is this feature more widely spread, or is it a family habit?