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Old 08-16-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Just wondering. I was watching the news, and during a bit on Rod Blagoyevich's trial they were playing a tape in which he says "y'all" as natural as you please. If a guy from Chicago uses it in a serious manner without hesitation does that mean it has become an accepted part of American English?
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Not really. I rarely hear it, even in central Indiana. Many times when it is used it's done so for effect, nothing more.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:37 PM
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IMO you have a lot of black chicagoans that sound southern...

regardless of that, yes, i DO think that ya'll has become common outside of the south. southerners tend to say it differently tho. its still "yaowll" down there, lol.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:39 PM
 
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IMO you have a lot of black chicagoans that sound southern...
That's because a lot of them have southern roots.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:54 PM
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so do black ppl elsewhere but not every black person sounds southern like that. ppl in rhode island, philly, ny, boston, etc. don't sound southern whereas black ppl from missouri (st. louis), chicago, even cali (to an extent) IMO sound southern.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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I heard that a lot living in the Northeast. However the "ll" isn't drawn out like I hear down south, it's more of a "yaw" or "yah"
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:59 PM
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yeah, in the NE its yawll. like how we say aw or raw. (think in your head how a nyer would pronounce aw, raw, etc.)

in the south its yaowll. like ow. pow. etc.

in the rest of the country its pronounced like yall. like how ppl in the midwest pronounce all, call, ball, etc. more of an ah sound.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I've never heard y'all in Michigan or Minnesota.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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I hear "yall" all the time in Chicago and Chicago suburbs - especially from black people who just happen to be the majority in Chicago and many of the suburbs down here. White people pick up on use of the word "yall" because they hear it all the time.

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Old 08-16-2010, 07:07 PM
 
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I heard that a lot living in the Northeast. However the "ll" isn't drawn out like I hear down south, it's more of a "yaw" or "yah"
You mean like, what are ya doing? I hear ya'll, but that's from people with Southern and urban accents. I say ya like that all the time though, I don't know ya, what are ya doing, how long are ya staying, like that. But that's for one person not usually more. When I say it, it sounds like, yuh, don't know if that's what you heard.
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