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What is an authorized speaker?



An authorized speaker is a speaker that belongs to a socially defined group for whom the use of a distinctive class of linguistic forms is reserved.


The use of distinctive linguistic forms expresses the absolute social deixis of the speaker’s membership in the group.

Example (Thai)
  • Thai men and women each use a different politeness particle when speaking.
  • (Haas 1964 cited by Levinson 1979 207 )
  • Sources

    Levinson 1979 207


    Haas 1964

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