Datapoint Tamil / Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns

Language:Tamil
Feature:Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns by Johannes Helmbrecht
Value:Multiple politeness distinctions

Examples

Sentence 1618:

nii

2nd sg. fam.

- familiar form of address, derives historically from Proto-Tamil niin

niinkaL

2nd pl. fam.

- according to ), niinkaL

derives historically from the repluralization of the Proto-Tamil 2nd pl form niim + kaL 'pl';

- this form is used as familiar form of plural address

niinkaL

2nd sg. hhon.

- more polite form of address than niir;

niir

2nd sg. hon.

- polite form of address, derives historically from the old sg niin + yir 'pl'

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