[b-hebrew] We and us
farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Wed Nov 15 15:38:05 EST 2006
Just a clarification of what you say below: it is not just that there
needs to be 2nd and/or 3rd person CONTRASTS, but we should expect there
to be 2nd and/or third person grammaticalised polite PRONOUNS. It is an
important difference, I think. This is at the heart of the matter with
my difference of opinion with Peter.
> Hi Vadim,
> Interesting. Does "May *he* (the king) hear his slave" also exist?
> I am sure you are right about the avoidance issue (which is btw,
> politeness). We're not really searching for politeness at this point
> in our discussion.
> David has informed us that the 'ani/'anoki contrast is not best
> understood as a politeness thing. His evidence is that such a
> contrast needs, if cross-linguistic types have anything to say about
> it, 3rd and 2nd person contrasts as a priority to the 1st person. I
> have just been wandering around in the BH corpus looking for 2nd
> and/or 3rd person politeness contrasts.
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