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In the seminar I will examine the variation of the politeness distinction attested in Bantawa varieties, which is devised by pluralising personal pronouns. I first present a synchronic analysis of the data which includes a categorisation of the different patterns. The diachronic explanation of the data begins with the reconstruction of proto-Bantawa followed by the analysis of the likely sequencing of the innovations. Furthermore, this analysis is considered along with oral migration history which provides relative dates for the various patterns. The data is compared with other languages that have similar strategies of encoding politeness. I argue that the development of the Bantawa politeness distinction may have been initiated by contact with Nepali, but that its actuation occurred independently following universal tendencies of this feature. I furthermore argue that this feature makes cyclical recruitments of plural morphemes in order to maintain the opposition between true plurals and polite plurals.