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--- In [log in to unmask], And Rosta <and.rosta@...> wrote:
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> Fossilized phrases like "You pays your money and you takes your choice" would be fossilized from Dialect A. (Maybe also "Them's the rules" and "Pigs is pigs", but these could be from a wider range of dialects, e.g. ones in which full NPs, including demonstratives, trigger singular marking on the verb or auxiliary.)
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I'm reminded of a phrase I hear here in southern Appalachia (I'm sure it occurs elsewhere), the use of "they is" for "there is".  "They's a lot of people coming to the hoedown."

Charlie