Date: Sun, 22 Oct 1995 09:49:37 -0600 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" Subject: Re: y'all are crazy >> All y'all just seemed like overkill to me, since I think of y'all as >> being plural already, that's all. >> > > I very definitely think of "y'all" as always plural, in spite of the hints > of evidence to the contrary. But I use "all y'all" on occasion since > "all y'all" is different from "some of y'all." Sort of like "all of us" > or "we all." I don't think anybody would think of that as overkill just > because "we" is already plural. > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] "All y'all" suggests, consistent with Natalie's observations (above and earlier), that "all" in "y'all" (why not "yall" by the way) has already bleached the meaning of 'totality'. PLURAL is different from TOTALITY, isn't it? I suspect a difference between "yall"-users and those that do not use it may also lie in whether they interpret "yall" etymologically rather than synchronically. I may of course be wrong if Marla is also a "y'all"-user. Just a guess. Sali. ********************************************************************** Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Chicago 312-702-8531; FAX: 312-702-9861 Department of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 **********************************************************************