Datapoint German / Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns

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


Sentence 1961:


2nd sg. fam.

- 2nd singular du is used only in informal or intimate

situations, its use among adults has to be initiated;

- its use is normal among kinship, close friends,

students, etc.

- adults which are no relatives address children with

du, children have to use Sie in reverse


2nd pl. fam.


2nd sg. hon.

- there is no singular/ plural distinction in the polite

usage of this pronoun; 3rd plural sie does not

distinguish nom and acc, although this is the norm for

personal pronouns in German.

- the polite usage of this form does not distinguish

nom and acc either.


2nd pl. hon.