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What is superior status?

 

Definition
 

Superior status is social deixis that encodes high status.

Examples (French, German)
 
  • Some uses of the second person pronoun vous in French and Sie in German indicate the superior status of the addressee.
  • Generic
      A superior is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 256–257


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