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What is a reverential form?



A reverential form is an expression of social deixis that encodes very high status.

Example (Latin)

Here is an example of a reverential form:

  • The Latin second person plural pronoun vos was a reverential form for addressing the emperor.

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 255

      A reverential form is a kind of

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 253, 255–256

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