Prof. R. Sussex sussex at UQ.EDU.AU
Sun Feb 20 20:49:39 UTC 2005

On the y'all question:
By way of comparison: the Australian version of "y'all" is "youse"
/ju:z/ (via Irish English). Originally plural, it is now used in
non-standard colloquial speech as a singular as well. The vowel is
commonly reduced to schwa:
        how y&z goin'? (how are you?) - either singular or plural addressee
Roly Sussex


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