Possessive form of Y'ALL

Mark A. Mandel Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM
Fri May 25 15:18:27 UTC 2001

Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU> writes:

But my Alabama student came in with another intuition yesterday:  She said
some people say "your allses" (reduced to "y'allses" down there).

If it's reduced, how much evidence does she have that the /r/ is there at
all? Has she ever heard it, or is it just her reconstruction of what she
thinks is the underlying form? Especially if it's not a form she uses ("She
said SOME PEOPLE say...", emph. added).

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