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What is superior status?



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

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 256–257

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