Youse/You-uns possessive

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Aug 18 13:59:48 UTC 2005

I have recordings of both "youse" (/y^z/) and "you-uns" (y^nz) as
possessives. I have no evidence of the "full forms" (/yus/ or
/yu^nz/) as possessives, but I wouldn't expect it since the possessed
N is likely to have stress, and I appear to have no examples where
contrastive stress is placed on 'youse' or 'you-uns.'


>Any native speakers out there willing to confirm or
>deny that youse or you-uns can be used in the
>I grew up around youse speakers, but don't trust my
>judgements. To me, youse is not possible as a
>1. We went over to youse'/youse's house.
>Start your day with Yahoo! - make it your home page

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of English
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