[b-hebrew] We and us
peter at qaya.org
Tue Nov 14 12:49:04 EST 2006
On 14/11/2006 17:36, Uri Hurwitz wrote:
> Peter kirk wrote, in part:
>> ..."in English there is no politeness distinction in second person
> pronouns, "...
> Wasn't there a clear social distinction between 'thou' and 'you' in the
> past, a distinction clearly retained in current German between 'Du'
> and 'Sie' ?
Yes, in the past, but not since the 17th century. Note that I wrote
"there is", not "there was". "Thou" is still in use in a few dialects,
but not I think with a consistent politeness related distinction.
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