The loss of ‘thee’ in the English language is due to what linguistic aspect?
A. Phonology (the sound patterns)
B. Morphology (the structure of the words)
C. Syntax (the structure of the sentence)
D. Pragmatics (the context of language use (e.g. formality, politeness))
- ZirpLv 73 weeks ago
E indifference as to clarity
- Erik Van ThienenLv 73 weeks ago
In Middle English, people began to use plural forms in all cases, at first as a sign of respect to superiors, then as a courtesy to equals. By the 1600s, the singular forms had come to represent familiarity and lack of status, and fell from use except in the case of a few dialects, notably in the north of England.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
D. Pragmatics (the context of language use (e.g. formality, politeness).