Youse/You-uns possessive

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Aug 18 15:40:08 UTC 2005

I have no doubt that "interdialectal" (or "hypercorrect") forms of
the possessive marker on "yunz" and "youse" might exist. They make
pretty good sense in a dialect contact situation. And who's to say
when such a form does not embed itself into the next generation;s


>I find a handful of "youse's" on  Google, but some are clearly
>burlesques.  Maybe people who say "youse's" don't use the Net much.
>My friend's mother in NYC was the first "youse" user I can remember.
>I *think* she said "youse's" too, but I can't trust my memory either.
>Bill Lemay <blemay0 at MCHSI.COM> wrote:
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>Subject: Re: Youse/You-uns possessive
>>  Any native speakers out there willing to confirm or
>>  deny that youse or you-uns can be used in the
>>  possessive.
>I grew up in and currently live in youse territory, and I never heard it used
>in the possessive.
>Bill Le May
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Dennis R. Preston
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