Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 18:15:11 -0400
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: y'all are crazy
On Fri, 20 Oct 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote:
I don't know about Lynne's South African usages. From what I have
heard around here, polite plural forms are in the first person. The
element of politeness is in the inclusion of self--which makes it
plural. Hence, "we" cannot say that y'all fits this pattern.
Both German and French "polite" plurals are definitely second person, "Sie"
and "vous". Someone please correct me if I'm wrong; high school French was a
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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