associated plurals

anne marie devlin anne_mariedevlin at
Tue Apr 5 08:15:30 UTC 2011

I'm not sure if this is also the case.  But in northern Hiberno-English, there is the possibility of making a plural of certain pronouns to show 'otherness'.  It is most widely heard in youssuns and themuns.  The words are formed from local versions of subject and/or object pronouns, i.e. yous (pl you) and them + ones.  As far as I know, they are used as both subject and object pronouns e.g. i don't like youssuns and themuns aren't very nice.  They can also be used as demonstratives as in 'see themuns over there, they were making fun of me'.  I have never come across its us in an inclusive or solidary form e.g. ussuns.

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