End of ADS-L Digest - 20 Jan 1995 to 21 Jan 1995 ************************************************ There are 10 messages totalling 180 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. 2 pl, "Yankee" (5) 2. ADS Net Resources 3. 2nd pl. (3) 4. TV and dialect ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 09:11:00 EST From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU> Subject: 2 pl, "Yankee" You guys meaning something like the organization you represent is common here in Michigan. Do you guys have long underwear? (a sentence a CRAN [Curiously Removed Apppalachian in the North] like me is apt to ask these days). You-all versus yall was socially marked in Louisville in the 50s. The first was perceived by middle class (especially lower middle class) speakers to be OK; they avoided the second and associated it with hick and/or working class speech. The truth was (so far as I can reconstruct it) that upper middle (and probably upper) class speakers and working class speakers both used it. The you-all speakers were, therefore, the more classically linguistically insecure, although the various regional inputs into the Louisville might also have been partly responsible. I cannot reconstruct (and probably should not try) any subtle pragmatic or semantic differences between the two, but I am intrigued by the possibility. Dennis Preston <22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.edu>