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What is an authorized recipient?



An authorized recipient is an addressee, having a unique status or belonging to a socially defined group, with whom one or more distinctive linguistic forms is used.


The use of distinctive linguistic forms for an authorized recipient expresses absolute social deixis.

Examples (English, Tunica)
  • An authorized recipient would be the appropriate person to receive a term of address such as Your Honor or Mr. President.


    Levinson 1979 207


    Here is an example in Tunica of an authorized recipient:

  • In Tunica, there are two different words for they which are dependent upon the sex of the addressee.
  • (Haas 1964 cited by Levinson 1979 207 )
  • Sources

    Levinson 1979 207


    Haas 1964

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