Y'all and No?
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 29 06:36:27 UTC 2001
At 2:08 PM -0500 3/29/01, David Bergdahl wrote:
>Laurence Horn wrote:>
>> I think you mean "thou"/"thee", the 2d singular. "Ye" was just the
>> accusative of "you", the 2d person plural, IIRC. I'm pretty sure the 2d
>> plural (with case leveled) was used enough as the "polite" 2d
>> singular that the latter was just swallowed up, except among Quakers
>> and in archaic diction.
>I think you misspoke, Larry: "ye" was the nominative and "you" the accusative
>as in John 8: 32 "AND YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU
thanks, Dave. That was my motivation for the first "I" in "IIRC".
The main point is that retaining "ye" as distinct from "you" wouldn't
have helped with the singular/plural problem. I guess I was thinking
that if "thou" was nominative and "thee" accusative, "you" and "ye"
OUGHT to be parallel, but nooooo. No wonder our ancestors went in
for neutralization; can't hardly blame 'em.
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