Linguistics MTR Seminar: A history of politeness in the Bantawa pronoun system

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.


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