Polite forms // was Recalled to life
|From:||Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 15, 2002, 2:25|
Christophe Grandsire wrote, replying to "Nathaniel G. Lew":
> You're wrong about the examples you give. Among them, only English
> is a good example. For French and Russian, you show the *polite*
> second person form, which true enough doesn't separate singular from
> plural. But it is only used to refer to unknown or ill-known people
> (and is losing ground).
A feature I want to add to Gzarondan regarding the use of polite vs
familiar "you" is that people address each other with the polite form
on their first meeting, but there are two words for "goodbye", one of
which is regular and the other of which carries the meaning "Address
me with the familiar form when we next meet".
I haven't, however, figured out what the words should be.