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ERIC Number: ED464492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 6
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T/V Forms between Husband and Wife in the Nepali Language.
Rai, Vishnu S.
This paper examines the pronominal system of address between spouses in Nepal. Nepal has eight pronouns corresponding to the t/v distinction, some of which are honorific, and some of which are non-honorific. According to the degree of respect implied, they are massif, sarkaar, hajur, yahaaN, TapaiiN, aaphu, Timi, and TaN. Massif and sarkaar are the rigid forms, reserved for use by the royal family, and are only used ironically among common Nepal couples. Timi and TaN are non-honorific, and the other four are honorific. Husbands use non-honorific forms to address their wives, while wives use honorific forms to address their husbands. Reciprocal use of either form except Timi is nonexistent. The form TaN is never used by a wife to her husband except in extremely emotional cases. A husband never uses an honorific form to his wife except ironically. The forms of address to the husband change as his social status upgrades, while forms of address to the wife never change. The determining factor is not age, sex, cast, post, academic qualification, or financial condition. The social norm that a wife is inferior to her husband is the determining factor in pronoun use between Nepalese couples. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nepal