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What is inferior status?

 

Definition
 

Inferior status is social deixis that encodes a low degree of status.

Examples (French, German)
 
  • The second-person pronouns tu (French) and du (German) may be used to address those considered to be social inferiors.
  • Generic
      Inferior is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Brown, R. and Gilman 1960 256


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