On Mon, 1 Oct 2001 22:20:38 -0700 Joey Morlan <[log in to unmask]> writes: > Also, I often hear "y'all" in the speech of black teenagers in or > from Oakland, spoken as one syllable as it apparently is in the > South. > I've noticed that other Bay Area speakers tend to pronounce it with > the > glide, more "you-all". And I've always heard it used as a plural, > with > "all of y'all" only used as an emphatic construction. > Joey Morlan - New Yorkers also use "you-all" - we wouldn't want to say "y'all" and sound like *Southerners* (gasp!), would we? :-) . I think i may have a register difference between "you-all" and "you-guys", with "you-guys" taking the more informal range and "you-all" the more formal range. I know that at least once i have consciously stopped myself from saying "you-guys" because it sounded too informal for the situation. -Stephen (Steg) "how do they teach people about sukkot in Russia?"