Re: Southern Translation

From: Mary L B Pendergraft (
Date: Thu Oct 15 1998 - 05:43:16 EDT

At 06:06 PM 10/14/98 EDT, Christopher Hutson wrote:
>Jonathan wrote:
>>I use this in Little Greek 101. However, it's important to be aware
>>many Southerners use y'all as a 2nd person singular or plural form,
>so I
>>carefully state the distinction that I'm drawing.
>I think that "y'all" as a 2nd person singular is a Yankee
>misperception of traditional Southern speech. When Southerners say
>"y'all," they usually (always?) intend the plural force. That is, if I
>ask, "How are y'all doin' today?" I am addressing a group. If I say
>it to you when we are the only two in the room, then I am asking about
>your family.

That's correct for NC too.

Mary Pendergraft
Associate Professor of Classical Languages
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem NC 27109-7343
336-758-5331 (NOTE: this is a new number)

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