|Home||Linguistik online 51, 1/2012|
Politeness as a feature: so important and so rare
Greville G. Corbett (Surrey, UK)
Politeness has a major place in many languages, and is remarkably pervasive in some. Yet we rarely find respect as a morphosyntactic feature, alongside gender, person, number and case. I document this imbalance, and then ask why this is what we find.