Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 11:05:24 +0000 From: Grant Barrett Subject: RE> Yuz Missouri is in many ways a divided state. East Central Missouri (maybe Me= xico, Kingdom City, Troy, Union, Hermann, Washington, possibly Rolla) is = dialectically different than Southeast Missouri (Doniphan, Popular Bluff,= Greenville, Piedmont, Silva, Lutesville, the Bootheel etc.). Even the Li= ttle Dixie speech of Mexico and other parts of Audrain county is differen= t than the Ozark/Arkansas drawl of Southeast Missouri.=20 My aunt (my father's sister) travels to St. Louis once or twice a year an= d to the best of my knowledge does not know anyone in Illinois except her= brother, my uncle. We are talking about a woman that did not get indoor = plumbing until the mid-eighties. She works in a pool hall, managing the f= lea market. Her husband is a big rig driver and runs a saw mill. My father, who is from Southeast Missouri, and my mother, from St. Louis,= have different modes of speech but grew up only 150 miles apart.=20 -------------------------------------- Date: 5/17/96 10:43 AM From: Steven K. Brehe > aunt who has lived in Southeast Missouri her entire life says >"yuz" as=3D > in, "Yuz want to come back to the house for some cake?" The pronunciat= io=3D > n is between schwa and a "oo" in "foot". She uses it for singular and p= lu=3D > ral. I grew up in rural east central Missouri, west of St. Louis, and never, ever heard "Yuz" from native Missourians, although I certainly heard "youse" in Illinois, esp. in the Chicago area. (I must confess I don't know SE MO very well.) Is it possible your aunt in eastern MO picked up this usage from friends in western IL? Steven Brehe sbrehe[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]