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ԫ, annaacci, annaa; ǡ akkaa; tampi.

The address forms, ԫ, annaacci, annaa `elder brother'; () akkaa, and tambi are essentially kinship terms: elder brother, elder sister, younger brother, respectively. When used with non-kin, they combine politeness and familiarity, for example, when exaggerated politeness ( -ngka), etc. would be inappropriate because of age similarities (as with annaa and ǡ akkaa, or when a low status older speaker addresses a higher status younger speaker ( tambi). In the play յժ ,Schiffman 1971: Reader for Advanced Spoken Tamil, Part I: Radio Plays. the `tea-master] Sundaram addresses the robbers with ԫ for `solidarity with politeness' while in the play աު, the various delivery men address Kannan with tambi because they are older but of lower social status.



Vasu Renganathan
Sat Nov 2 21:16:08 EST 1996