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Inferior Status

Inferior Status

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

(French, German)

The second-person pronouns tu (French) and du (German) may be used to address those considered to be social inferiors.

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Source: Brown, R. and Gilman 1960

Brown, Roger, and Albert Gilman. 1960. "The pronouns of power and solidarity." In Sebeok 1960

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