Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen
swellsj at bgsu.edu
Tue Apr 5 13:09:23 UTC 2011
>We had this in rural Michigan also at least when I was growing up:
-n them worked for given names only though; family names used to
have the /s/ suffix.
For what it's worth, I remember my mother writing a list of people
who would attend a family gathering, and all the families coming were
listed by first name but with a possessive suffix: Kurt's and Kent's
would be there. After that, I think I didn't hear that suffix as
plural any longer.
I also have heard this in Mexican and Puerto Rican Spanish: Los
Martinez, for example.
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