[b-hebrew] We and us

Peter Kirk 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:
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>> ..."in English there is no politeness distinction in second person 
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>   pronouns, "...
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>   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' ?
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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.

-- 
Peter Kirk
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