Maria asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

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))

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    E indifference as to clarity

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  • 3 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.

    • RE
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      If the singular form had come to represent lack of status, why was God addressed as Thee?

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    D. Pragmatics (the context of language use (e.g. formality, politeness). 

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