Date: Mon, 9 May 1994 21:07:05 CDT From: "Donald M. Lance" 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, y'all. DMLance