Datapoint Fijian / Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns

Language:Fijian
Feature:Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns by Johannes Helmbrecht
Value:Binary politeness distinction

Examples

Sentence 2809:

(o)mudou/ (o)dou

2nd sg. hon.

- used for address of brother or sister of opposite sex,

elder siblings of same sex; etymologically, this is a 2nd

paucal pronoun

(o)mudrau/ (o)drau

2nd sg. hon.

- etymology is actually 2nd du, used for address of

mother-in-law, father-in-law

(o)munuu/ (o)nuu

2nd sg. hon.

- used for the address of the village chief or generally

old persons who deserve respect, especially the short

form (o)nuu is reserved for the village chief

References