Tough G uy Phonology

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 26 02:32:51 UTC 2006

>In a message dated 5/25/06 7:20:43 PM, wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM writes:
>>  From the same source :
>>    " 'Have youse," he asked the priest (and who shall sneer at the dialect of
>>  a warrior, particularly when the warrior is red-headed?)--'Have youse got
>>  anybody to soive Mass to-morror [sic], father?' "
>>    Note singular "youse."
>>    JL
>Couldn't youse be plural in the sense, "You folks who run the church"?
Right, I was thinking it's a lot like some of those "singular"
instances of "y'all" that turn out on closer inspection to be 'you
and the horse you rode in on', or more generally 'you and your
bunch'.  Could the red-headed warrior have declared to the priest,
"Father, I hope you don't tink I'm a poiv, but I love youse" ?

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