Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 08:28:29 -0400

From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU

Subject: SECOL y'all

At SECOL in Memphis last month, Guy Bailey in his plenary address reported

on the distribution of singular y'all in Oklahoma. He found that singular

y'all really did exist there---34.4% of his SOD respondents admitted to

using y'all singular, while 71.8% said that they would use y'all plural;

his handout also shows locations of singular y'allers thoughout the state.

Perhaps somebody else can amplify; I think Guy suggested reasons for this

but I was thinking about what I was going to say as plenary respondent at

the time and now cannot clearly remember his remarks on this topic.


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