LINGUIST List 3.66

Fri 24 Jan 1992

Disc: Youse...

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  1. , you'uns
  2. Dominic Berducci, Re: 3.60 Youse
  3. Larry Davis, Re: 3.60 Youse
  4. Paul Hopper, Re: 3.60 Youse

Message 1: you'uns

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 92 17:13:39 ESyou'uns
From: <JAREAUKCC.uky.edu>
Subject: you'uns

A friend, who taught at a rather posh prep school in the South, spoke
to me of the need for remedial English. When I expressed surprise that
it was needed at such an exclusive school, he replied, "Oh yes: they
come in saying "you'uns" and we teach them to say "y'all".
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Message 2: Re: 3.60 Youse

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 92 20:14:57 -0Re: 3.60 Youse
From: Dominic Berducci <berduccilinc.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject: Re: 3.60 Youse

'Youse' is also alive and well among the working classes of Philadelphia.
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Message 3: Re: 3.60 Youse

Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1992 08:47 ESTRe: 3.60 Youse
From: Larry Davis <00LMDAVISLEO.BSUVC.BSU.EDU>
Subject: Re: 3.60 Youse

YOUSE appears on Figure 114 of Kurath's WORD GEOGRAPHY OF THE EASTERN UNITED
STATES, and is discussed (briefly) in Allen's LINGUISTIC ATLAS OF THE UPPER
MIDWEST and Pederson's LINGUISTIC ATLAS OF THE GULF STATES. McDavid's 1963
edition of Mencken's THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE also discusses YOUSE, and notes that
the Potomac River separates "the territory of YOU-ALL from that of the Northern
YOUSE" (p. 548).
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Message 4: Re: 3.60 Youse

Date: Thu, 23 Jan 1992 18:12:47 Re: 3.60 Youse
From: Paul Hopper <ph1u+andrew.cmu.edu>
Subject: Re: 3.60 Youse

You-uns (/yunz/, /ynz/ [=schwa], /yinz/) flourishes in Pittsburgh.
Native Pittsburghers are sometimes referred to as "yinzers". I don't
recall ever having heard we-uns, though.

Paul Hopper
CMU
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