Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 21:07:05 CDT
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: y'all
Larry Horn asked whether formal politeness had been suggested in the previous
discussion. I think it was implied, but in the cases (not quarters) cited
so far I think there's another dimension -- marking of friendliness
([+familiar]?) in an otherwise semi-formal situation in "server talk".
Beth's example of the car-comfort question is clearly not formal, but it is
analogous to "server talk" in that the driver was in a position to do
something to provide comfortable temperature or whatever in the car.
So I'm still thinkin' it's a register thing. Keep the examples flowing,