Pragmatic constraints on subject-oriented honorifics in Yaeyaman and Japanese

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This paper explores cross-linguistic differences in the pragmatic constraints governing the use of subject-oriented honorific verb forms in Japanese and in three dialects of Yaeyaman (Southern Ryukyuan), based on original data from the author’s fieldwork. I show that plural subjects with mixed honorific status give rise to different felicity patterns in these language varieties, and argue that the...

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