End of ADS-L Digest - 20 Jan 1994 to 21 Jan 1994 ************************************************ There are 4 messages totalling 59 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. y'all singular, not! (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 22 Jan 1994 00:00:49 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: y'all singular, not! Thanks, Mike Picone, for your description of "singular" y'all. As a native speaker of Y'all, I've always felt that the so-called "singular y'all" is always addressed to a representative of a real or hypothetical group. But I haven't wanted to diss others' data. It may indeed be the case that some people do have only one person in mind when saying "y'all," but not me. Even if a single, solitary person has visited a y'all-speaking home, the friendly "Y'all come back" seems to me to be an invitation for the single, solitary visitor to bring a friend next time if it's convenient-- or it's a cue that friends of friends are always welcome too. Maybe I've just been talking to the bellybutton of my hypothetical Sprachgefuehl, but it's an honest response. DMLance