Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 19:37:38 -0400 From: Benjamin Barrett Subject: y'all, singular usage? Forwarding this query on the singular usage of y'all I got from the Linguist List. yoroshiku Benjamin Barrett >Date: Thu, 19 Oct 1995 10:15:19 EDT >From: jeepjm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (John M. Jeep) >Subject: Y'all >Believe it or not, the second person pronoun 'y'all' is a hot topic on >MEDTEXTL, evolving from a discussion of second person pronouns and their >usage in Medieval English, French, modern German, etc. The question is >whether 'y'all' is used for the singular. We have heard strong voices on >both sides of the question, ranging from witness accounts of having heard >it recently to experienced speakers never having heard it. Is there a >reliable account of the phenomenom or is anyone working on it these days? > >Thanks for any responses. I'll be glad to summarize later. > >John M. Jeep >jeepjm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages >Miami University >Oxford, Ohio 45056 >(Tel.) 513 529-1821 - (Fax.) 513 529-1807 > >------------------------------------------------------------------------ >LINGUIST List: Vol-6-1456.