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What is familiarity?

 

Definition
 

Familiarity is a kind of social deixis that expresses a high degree of solidarity between the speaker and addressee.

Examples (French, German)
 
  • Some uses of the second-person pronouns tu in French and du in German signal familiarity.

    Source:

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 83

  • Generic
      Familiarity is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 83

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 72

     

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 258


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