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Politeness as a feature: so important and so rare

Greville G. Corbett (Surrey, UK)


 

Abstract

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.


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