Date: Tue, 24 Jan 1995 11:29:00 PST From: Ellen Fennell Subject: Re: 2 pl Hmm, relying on individual faulty memory, I do agree that it seems you-all is used in more formal situations when addressing superiors or Yankees or other unaccustomed to the phrase. (Addressing superiors who are Yankees might call for dropping it altogether.) Y'all is reserved for those well-versed in southern-speak and is quicker, more informal and perhaps what one would refer to as country. I feel foolish using either when actually writing a letter -- yet I do it, because "you" so fails to convey the plural.. You-all is more acceptable in letter form (particularly when writing Yankees). ---------- From: ADS-L To: Multiple recipients of list ADS-L Subject: Re: 2 pl Date: Tuesday, January 24, 1995 10:06AM > all unawares, just as I find myself using you guys. Natalie, over the next > few weeks, I'll listen for when any of us shift and for whether I pick up > any differences between y'all and youall when used. Thanks. I've definitely decided to do at least a smallish research project on this topic and will appreciate all references and data sent my way. > (originally I am from Dennis' region, and agree with his analysis, so > you may want to cite this as Collective Faulty Memory) Allan, do you think ADS in Chicago next December will accept a paper based entirely on Collective Faulty Memory? Surely that's more convincing that Individual Faulty Memory. Or should I perhaps not list my sources in the abstract? (Then again, it's awfully cold in Chicago in late December...) --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]