2d plurals (was: "man" vs. "guy" redux)

Herbert Stahlke hstahlke at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Thu Nov 21 23:51:08 UTC 2002

Is it possible that y'all used in the singular is polite?


-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of James Smith
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 5:15 PM
Subject: Re: 2d plurals (was: "man" vs. "guy" redux)

I thought "y'all" was 2nd person singular, "all y'all"
was 2nd person plural.

--- Peter Richardson <prichard at LINFIELD.EDU> wrote:
> On Thu, 21 Nov 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:
> > to the roped-off area a few yards back), "Y'all
> have to stand back
> > there".  Definitely a second-person singular
> "y'all", although it
> > could be argued that it designated "you and anyone
> else (not now
> > present) in your situation".
> yep, yep, heard in Arkansas as well: y'all for a
> singular. Must be part of
> that Arkansas / New Haven axis pioneered by Bill
> Clinton.
> Peter R.

James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
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