Date: Sat, 21 Jan 1995 11:07:00 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: 2 pl >> I'm curious about the "y'all" and "you all" pairs. Would someone who >> speaks/lives in a dialect area where "y'all" and "you all" coexist, comment >> on which is marked, if either is marked, and for what purpose. > >Interesting questions -- which I can't answer. You've motivated me to do >at least some informal research on the subject, Same here. I live in Texas and have lived in the South most of my life, although my parents are from Minnesota and Utah and my own accent is a mostly un-southern mishmash. However, I use y'all and am quite sure I use (and hear) you-all, too. I'll pay attention for the next few days. My immediate thought is that you-all is an intensifier ("You-all don't know the first thing about this") but I may be wrong. Incidentally, at age 36, I also use "you guys" without regard to gender or age, and hear it used that way even among native Texans. The only limiting factor is formality: I might call an orals board "y'all," but not "you guys." Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]