|Feature:||Politeness Distinctions in Pronouns by Johannes Helmbrecht|
|Value:||Binary politeness distinction|
2nd sg. fam.
- 2nd pers sg familiar in European Spanish;
- in American Spanish (Argentine, Paraguay, Urugway, CentralAmerica) the Old Spanish ('Siglo de oro') polite form vos (=2nd pl) has replaced tú and is used for a familiar addressof a single addressee;
- in Mexico, Peru, and Caribbean Islands, vos has beendisappeared as a form of address (the same developement as inEuropean Spanish)
2nd sg. hon.
- 2nd sg polite address; it is a phonological reduction
of vuestra merced ‘Your honour’;
- there is no comparable form of polite address in the
2nd pl. hon.
- 2nd person pl familiar pronoun in European Spanisch;
- in American Spanish this pronoun is lost, the politeness formustedes is used instead neutralizing the familiar-politenessdistinction in the plural category