Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 03:05:43 -0400
From: Bob Haas rahaas[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: singular y'all
On Thu, 26 Sep 1996, Johnnie A. Renick wrote:
I know that the singular ya'll is in the south. But usually the very
southern tend to use it more than most. I just use the plural form ..
spelled the same , of course.
Would you please be good enough to define who or what the "very southern"
are? I'm not trying to be contentious, but I am very curious, and perhaps
BTW, I've never heard a native use the singular y'all, but
I do remember one guy from college--UNC, Chapel Hill--who loved
putting the suffix "-uns" on every pronoun he could manage: "Wher're
you'uns goin'? We'uns thought we'd go get sumpin' t'eat." Just the
thought of it still sends shudders through me, and I normally celebrate
the dialect of my native area--northwest NC. I guess we all have our
UNCG Department of English
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