Date: Sun, 8 May 1994 11:18:00 CDT
From: Beth Lee Simon BLSIMON[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MACC.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: y'all
I think I posted some anecdotal material on y'all around the 2nd week
in March. I had been at a conference with some people from Texas, both
nTX (Denton, Univ. N TX) and San Antonio (small colleges). The nTX
folks said that they used y'all as a singular, while the San Antonio
people refused to accept it. I've recently heard from one of the nTX
people, a friend who offered me this instance.
My friend was sitting alone in the back seat of a car. In the front
seat was the driver and another passenger. The driver asked, "Y'all
comfortable?" My friend said, "I'm fine, thanks." Then, because I had
asked him about this earlier, he said, "Paul, were you asking me, or
both me and Laurie." Paul said "Only you of course." And Laurie, the
front seat passenger, said she too had taken the question as directed
only at the back seat.
Of course, the question of comfort and sitting in a back seat
helps to narrow down who should answer.
Re pl y'all: both north Texans and San Antonio Texans used
"All y'all" for plural, but the San Antonio people see it as an
emphatic, or as an inclusive.