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What is solidarity?



Solidarity is a scale of perceived like-mindedness or similarity of behavioral disposition between a speaker and addressee deriving from their similar

  • backgrounds
  • acquaintance, or
  • personal characteristics, such as sex.

In some languages, solidarity affects the choice of expressions of social deixis.

  • The choice between using familiar or polite second person pronouns in many Indo-European languages, such as tu and vous, indicates the level of solidarity between a speaker and addressee.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of solidarity:

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 258

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