Questions on South Asian English

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Wed Sep 12 20:58:08 UTC 2001

Would a South Asian, particularly a speaker of Urdu, be likely to say
"you peoples" instead of "you people" in addressing a large group of
people, a collectivity?

What would be the most likely spelling in South Asia of the honorific
for a descendant of Mohammad: sheikh, sheykh, shaikh, or shaykh?



Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D.

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