Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 10:33:25 -0600

From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU

Subject: Re: y'all are crazy

earlier), that "all" in "y'all" (why not "yall" by the way) has already


Good question. The answer in my case is old habit of spelling it "y'all."

I do find Michael Montgomery's suggestions convincing that it is not a

contraction of "you-all," however.


Can you remind me where Michael Montgomery's suggestions were expressed

(publication or manuscript)? I know he discussed "y'all/yall" somewhere, but

I really do not remember off the top of my head.



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