Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 13:05:26 -0500
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: y'all are crazy
meaning "you and yours." I think that thorough research would conclude
that there is always some implied or connoted plural meaning even when it
might seem otherwise.
In SOD (Survey of Oklahoma Dialects), Guy Bailey and Jan Tillery found
a large number of people who claimed to use singular "y'all" themselves.
This might be easy to ignore, given that Oklahoma is not *really* the
South, but they claim that the 1994 Southern Focus Poll, conducted by
the Center for Study of the American South at UNC, found similar self-
reports among respondents in The Real South.
As a native Southerner, I'm convinced that they're wrong, of course.
Come to the ADS meeting in Chicago to hear why -- if I've figured out
how to prove it by then -- if I haven't, you'll have to be satisfied
with hearing about things like "y'all"/"you-all" distribution instead.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)