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Forms of address

In Tamil there are a number of suffixes found in a sentence which indicate the amount of respect the speaker accords the addressee (or some other person). In South Asian society the choice is determined by the relative social status of the interlocutors. Westerners are generally accorded high status, and addressed with high-status respect suffixes.

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