Date: Mon, 14 Mar 1994 10:24:58 EST From: Sonja Lanehart Subject: Re: Actors & Accent I have members of my family that use "us" instead of "we". My family is from Louisiana and it is not uncommon for me to hear it used. I don't recall right now if I hear or have heard whites use it. So, when Celie used "us" in "The Color Purple", I just thought of it as natural because it is a part of the speech of some in my family. By the way, also in that scene about language, Celie makes an interesting comment in response: "Look like to me only a fool would want you to talk in a way that feel peculiar to your mind." Sonja Lanehart, University of Michigan, English r2sll1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]akronvm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] OR Sonja.Lanehart[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]