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Re: Phaleran Imperatives and Politeness markers

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Wednesday, August 29, 2001, 9:29
Nik Taylor wrote:

> Jesse Bangs wrote: > > I'm immediately struck that none of these are the same! That is > > certainly a lot to remember, although I suppose any one person would only > > have to know one line of the chart. Still, I would expect that some of > > these would repeat. What are the etymologies of the clitics? > > And it does seem to be unusually systematic. One would expect it to be > a bit more complicated, varying depending on many different > circumstances, like, relative age, or context, so that one could choose > a more flattering form of address if, for example, one were requesting a > favor. And what about within a social class? There relative age might > be very important, the young having to use polite terms of address for > their elders within the same social class.
All very true. I haven't worked out every possible way of doing this, and all of those are good suggestions. I can get around to those other dimensions later. As for right now, I don't think the systematicity is as big a problem as it could be (as long as the historical scenarios that back it up are plausible). I think it needs tweeking more than overhauling. =================================== Thomas Wier | AIM: trwier "Aspidi men Saiôn tis agalletai, hên para thamnôi entos amômêton kallipon ouk ethelôn; autos d' exephugon thanatou telos: aspis ekeinê erretô; exautês ktêsomai ou kakiô" - Arkhilokhos