End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Jan 1995 to 13 Jan 1995 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 119 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. 2 pl. (3) 2. Gullah Bible 3. WOTY ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 14 Jan 1995 15:48:36 +0000 From: Aaron Drews <9475245[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARRAN.SMS.ED.AC.UK> Subject: 2 pl. Hey all! Last year around this time, there was a rather long thread about "Y'all" and how in some parts of the US it is the 2pl. pronoun. Around this neck of the woods (ie Edinburgh), I have heard, "yous", even by educated speakers. I don't see why the standard plural couldn't be added to the dingular pronoun and fill in the gap we lost a couple centuries ago (?). I haven't heard "yous" in formal usage, or, if I remember correctly, in simple, active declaritive sentences. I have heard it in questions, like "How are yous?" or "Can I get yous anything?". Perhaps it's the brogue, but it certainly doesn't sound like the stereotypical, blue-collar Chicago Bears fan. I'm just wondering if anybody else has heard this in other parts of the English-speaking world. If so, where, in what context, etc.? --Aaron Drews