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What is relational social deixis?



Relational social deixis is deictic reference to a social relationship between the speaker and an addressee, bystander, or other referent in the extralinguistic context.

Examples (French, Southeast Asian languages, Dyirbal)
  • Distinctions between the French second person pronouns tu and vous
  • Speech levels of Southeast Asian languages that depend on the relative status of the speaker and addressee
  • Distinctions between lexical choices made in the presence of certain kin in Dyirbal
  Relational social deixis is a kind of

Levinson 1979:207

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