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--- In [log in to unmask], Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...> wrote:
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> On Tue, Dec 21, 2010 at 12:20 PM, Charlie <caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:
> > --- In [log in to unmask], And Rosta <and.rosta@> wrote:
> >>
> >> 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.)
> >>
> >
> > 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
> 
> I've always taken that to be a non-rhotic r in "there" rather than the
> pronoun "they".
> 
> --gary
>

"They's" no other non-rhotic r in their speech.

Charlie