Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Addressee Honorific


An addressee honorific is an honorific in a system in which a level of status of the addressee relative to the speaker is expressed through a choice made among linguistic alternants, irrespective of whether the alternants refer to the addressee.



In Javanese, the following alternants all mean ‘house’:

  • omah
  • grija
  • dalem

Each form in the list successively expresses a higher status of the person spoken to.

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