End of ADS-L Digest - 18 Oct 1995 to 19 Oct 1995 ************************************************ There are 16 messages totalling 358 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. y'all, singular usage? (2) 2. y'all are crazy (9) 3. You'uns/ye'uns/y'uns (2) 4. y'all/y'uns (2) 5. y'all, youse, gyno-Americans ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 06:27:16 MST From: Tom Uharriet Subject: Re: y'all, singular usage? > >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? How strange. When I've heard _y'all_ addressed to individuals, I have always assumed an implied plural as in Door-to-door sales rep. to individual resident at the door: "Can y'all use a savings on . . ." (meaning, "Can you and yours use a savings on . . .") As for using it without an implied plural, the proscriptionist in me calls it an error in the same way that I sometimes hear _ye_ missused or missunderstood. Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]admn.712.nebo.edu