Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 07:42:45 EST From: Beth Lee Simon Subject: Re: y'all, singular usage? This form of singular is common in nTX (say, Denton area) and my Texas colleagues here tell me it's common elsewhere. What I've found, and others have substantiated, at least for TX, is that usage depends on the situation. You might turn to your companion in the front seat and ask if "ya'll want to get a pizza". At a service station, the attendant might ask you if "ya'll want that filled?" When the highway patrol officer pulls you over, however, s/he asks "Would you step out of the car, please?" Never "ya'll". (I've been told about the last, can't speak for that personally.) The plural, then, is "all ya'll". Let me modify the TX label. My San Antonio friends say that "ya'll " is always plural there. And, finally, all of the above is based on experience/anecdote, not on organized fieldwork/data collection. beth simon