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What is an addressee honorific?



An addressee honorific is an honorific in a system in which a level of status of the addressee relative to the speaker is expressed through a choice made among linguistic alternants, irrespective of whether the alternants refer to the addressee.

Examples (Javanese)
  • In Javanese, the following alternants all mean ‘house’:

    • omah
    • grija
    • dalem

    Each form in the list successively expresses a higher status of the person spoken to.


    Geertz 1960 248

  • Generic
      An addressee honorific is a kind of

    Levinson 1983:90


    Comrie 1976a


    Geertz 1960 248

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