Datapoint Khoekhoe / Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns

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


Sentence 4396:


2nd sg. fam.

- interestingly, there is a 2nd person pl pronoun (saá

(2nd person root) + -ko (2nd masc pl)) which is used

as an intimate form between equal males who have a

very close relationship


2nd sg. hon.

- the politeness distinction does not exist in person-

gender-number suffixes;

- polite address (to either sex);

- this pronoun is a combination of the 2nd person root

saá + (2nd person common pl suffix);

- all noun phrases end in a word which is inflected for

gender, number, and person; both, the obligatory person-gender-number suffix on the noun and the pronominal of the 6th order class indicate person