Y'all and No?

Charles Wells 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?

Charles Wells,
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University
Affiliate Scholar, Oberlin College
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