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What is a reverential form?

 

Definition
 

A reverential form is an expression of social deixis that encodes very high status.

Example (Latin)
 

Here is an example of a reverential form:

 
  • The Latin second person plural pronoun vos was a reverential form for addressing the emperor.
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    Source:

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 255

    Generic
      A reverential form is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 253, 255–256


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