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What is a referent honorific?



A referent honorific is an honorific for which both the referent and the target of the expression of relative social status are the same.

Examples (French)
  • Both the referent and target of expression of the second person pronouns tu [familiar] and vous [polite] are the addressee.
  • Generic
      A referent honorific is a kind of

    Levinson 1983 90

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