Y'all and No?
charles at FREUDE.COM
Thu Mar 29 15:48:56 UTC 2001
1) I have been occasionally hearing non-southern young people (mainly
college students) use "y'all" as a second person plural the way southerners
do. Has anyone else noticed this? Is it spreading?
2) I have also heard non-Latino students use "no?" in the way it is used in
Spanish (without any joking Mexican accent), as in
"That movie is at the Rialto, no?"
(In fact, I have never heard a Latino use this construction in English. I
suppose it is an unwelcome stereotype.)
Has this been noticed by any linguists or lexicographers?
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