Associative plurals

Tahir Wood twood at
Tue Apr 5 06:57:53 UTC 2011

>>> <john at> 4/5/2011 7:33 am >>>
I've heard Black Americans use a reduced form of 'and them' (pronounced
schwa-n-schwa-m) suffixed to names with an associative-type meaning
(Jackie-en-em='Jackie and the people with her'). I don't know how common this

This is very common in colloquial South African English, although perhaps not as contracted as is described above.

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