Date: Sun, 8 May 1994 21:30:15 -0500 From: Dennis Baron Subject: Re: y'all > > In response to Don Lance and Beth Lee Simon's citations of singular y'all, has > it been suggested by someone that at least in some quarters (no, not case > quarters) there's an incipient spreading of the plural 2d person pronoun to > the singular as a sign of formal politeness, exactly analogous to the "V" > forms in Romance (etc.) and presumably to "you" in earlier English? If > someone did mention this on this thread, sorry. --Larry > I believe I did, Larry, but was soundly trounced on many times for suggesting the possibility that anyone could use ya'll as a sg, even of politeness. My thought was that it was repeated the th-/y- pattern. I noticed that no one objected when I claimed that NYers could youse use in the sg. But since I'm a NYer my questions on ya'll are stonewalled. Good thing I never use emoticons. Dennis -- debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (\ 217-333-2392 \'\ fax: 217-333-4321 Dennis Baron \'\ __________ Department of English / '| ()_________) Univ. of Illinois \ '/ \ ~~~~~~~~ \ 608 S. Wright St. \ \ ~~~~~~ \ Urbana IL 61801 ==). \__________\ (__) ()__________)