antedating of y'all (1704)

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 17 20:37:39 UTC 2014

Lovely.  And Granada is in southern Spain, after all (besides which, "you guys" wouldn't have scanned, nor would "you lot").


On Jan 17, 2014, at 3:25 PM, David Parker wrote:

> ---- Because I’ve seen
> This Day, what ’tis to hope to be a Queen!
> Heav’n, how y’all watch’d each Motion of her eye!
> John Dryden, _ The conquest of Granada by the Spaniards. Acted at the Theatre-Royal_.   London: printed for J. Tonson, and T. Bennet: and sold by J. Knapton at the Crown in St. Paul's Church-Yard, G. Strahan and W. Davis over-against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill, 1704.   P. 13
> But according to WorldCat, this play was first published in 1672 "in the Savoy, Printed by T.N. for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at the Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange."
> Again, from Gale's Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
> And now, back to my real work.
> David B. Parker
> Professor of History
> Assistant Chair,
>  Dept. of History & Philosophy
> Kennesaw State University
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