Here’s looking at youse: Understanding the place of yous(e) in Australian English

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Mulder, Jean and Penry Williams, Cara 2020. Here’s looking at youse: Understanding the place of yous(e) in Australian English. in: Allan, K. (ed.) Dynamics of Language Changes: Looking Within and Across Languages Singapore Springer. pp. 57-72
AuthorsMulder, Jean and Penry Williams, Cara
EditorsAllan, K.
Abstract

This chapter further documents the place of yous(e) in Australian English (AuE) by analyzing occurrences in Australian literature taken from the Macquarie Dictionary’s OzCorp. Firstly, we substantiate that in AuE yous(e) has developed a singular usage alongside the plural. Analysis of the reference in 308 tokens within our subcorpus of literature finds 40% clearly have a singular referent and that such forms occur in just over half of the texts. Secondly, we provide an analysis of its social evaluation as a stigmatized form by examining its utilization in the voices authors give to their characters. Focussing on texts with high use, we uncover yous(e) is linked both to particular ‘types’ and to certain fictional worlds/milieus. In both cases, the authors draw on understandings of it as Australian and working class, with recognition of its claimed Irish origins only (potentially) indirectly indexed.

KeywordsAustralian English; Second person pronouns; Folklinguistics; Indexicality; Australian fiction
Page range57-72
Year2020
Book titleDynamics of Language Changes: Looking Within and Across Languages
PublisherSpringer
Place of publicationSingapore
Edition1st
ISBN9789811564307
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-6430-7
Web address (URL)https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811564291
hdl:10545/625153
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates01 Sep 2020
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Deposited04 Sep 2020, 11:09
AcceptedApr 2020
ContributorsUniversity of Melbourne, Australia and University of Derby
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