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What is status?



Status is a scale of social standing that is often realized in differing socially deictic linguistic forms.

Examples (French, German)
  • The choice between the second person pronouns tu and vous in French and du and Sie in German indicates same or differing status between the speaker and addressee.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of status:

    Lyons 1977b 576–577

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