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I got this question from my teacher, but I am confused. Could someone please help me to interpret it?
"How would you interpret Brown and Levison's politeness principle through the [Hungarian] native speaker's choice between thouing and yeing?"
(thouing - to use the familiar pronoun (thou, tu, du); yeing - to use the forman pronoun (Ye, Vos, Sie))
(I use "thou" and "ye" in a specific sense. I use them as the equivalents of Hungarian terms: H tegez= using thou to address somebody, H magáz= using ye to address somebody)
I do not know what principles she has in her mind. Lakoff had politeness principles, B&L had politeness theory, or am I mistaken?
So I wish to know what principles could she have in mind? What is politeness principle?
Last edited by Plexike; 08-Jun-2013 at 23:28. Reason: explicitation