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Re: Second person familar as contempt (Re: ash nazg on my pinky because it's too small)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Monday, December 16, 2002, 5:18
Quoting Danny Wier <dawier@...>:

> From: "Christophe Grandsire" <christophe.grandsire@...> > > > We have the same use, except that the polite form can *also* be used > > contemptuously when talking to people you'd usually refer to with the > > familiar pronoun ;))))) . Does any other language with a polite/familiar > > distinction has this? :))) > > I only know of Farsi.
What about your own native dialect, Danny? In my dialect, the use of analytic second person constructions, like "you people" or "you guys", is a way to distance yourself, esp. from family and friends with whom one always uses the synthetic "y'all". (One of the things that always irritated my mother about Rush Limbaugh is that he constantly used "you people", which is a threatening construction.) It's one of the things that I've had to get used to living in the North that's slightly jarring, along with the unwillingness to make eye-contact, since said unwillingness is considered anti-social in the South. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637


John Cowan <jcowan@...>Second person familar as contempt (Re: ash nazg on my pinky