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What is a referent honorific?

 

Definition
 

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
     
    Source
     

    Levinson 1983 90


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