Heard on The Judges: sE > to BE

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Apr 9 05:05:26 UTC 2008

The standard of this mock Southernism is hard to determine. I have a
large collection of variants, many trailing of into failure.


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>On Tue, Apr 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>>  At 7:33 PM +0200 4/8/08, Dennis Preston wrote:
>>   >Interesting when a specific nonstandard is felt to be required (as it
>>   >often is from AAVE). Are there other regional nonstandards required
>>   >in such phrases. (I guess I don't consider any cases of r-lessness as
>>   >nonstandard so don't give me no Pahk yuh cah in Hahvahd Yahd stuff.
>>   How bout "Y'all come back, ya hear?"
>>   (vs. the less likely "(You) come back, do you hear?")
>Surely the standard nonstandardism is "Y'all come back *now*, ya hear?"?
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
Morrill Hall 15-C
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48864 USA

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