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ERIC Number: ED342269
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Social Deixis in Sinhalese: The Pronoun System.
Tilakaratne, Sunanda
The pronoun system in Sinhalese, which is spoken in Sri Lanka, is examined based on a Sinhalese speaker's intuition and consultation with other native speakers. Spoken Sinhalese differs from the written language in having an entirely different pronoun system. Spoken Sinhalese provides a good example of social deixis because it encodes social relationships among the speech act participants. This paper shows both how the spoken pronoun system encodes proximity and social distance and how it is in agreement with the verb system in spoken Sinhalese. Examples illustrate that the first person pronouns do not differ according to social usage or any other variable, while the second person pronouns differ according to social class differences, and the third person pronouns may vary according to the proximity between the speaker and the referent. Contains 3 references. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Sri Lanka