Associative plurals

john at john at
Tue Apr 5 08:07:40 UTC 2011

Actually it's even more contracted. I was thinking about it and
with a noun ending with a vowel the first schwa would be dropped--

Quoting Tahir Wood <twood at>:

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

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