Date: Sun, 8 May 1994 11:18:00 CDT From: Beth Lee Simon 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. beth DARE