Date: Sun, 22 Jan 1995 11:11:26 -0600 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: 2 pl, "Yankee" >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. I've been doing a bit of highly unrigorous listening and asking-around. One woman of about 40, a native of Southeast Texas with a distinct accent, told me she uses you-all consciously in situations "when 'y'all' doesn't sound formal enough." I've lived in the South since I was six and this distinction would never have occurred to me. BTW she also uses "you guys." Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]