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What is an honorific?



An honorific is a grammatical form, typically a word or affix, that is socially deictic It expresses, as at least part of its meaning, the relative social status of the speaker with .

Examples (French)
  • The second-person pronoun forms tu and vous indicate, as part of their meaning, the speaker’s social status relative to the addressee.
  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of honorifics:
      An honorific is a kind of

    Crystal 1985 149


    Levinson 1983 62, 90–91


    Comrie 1976b


    Mish 1991 580

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