Date: Fri, 20 Oct 1995 18:15:11 -0400 From: Bob Haas 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. Tom, 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 while back. Bob Haas University of North Carolina at Greensboro rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]