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On Mon, 14 Oct 2002 23:44:03 +0200 Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

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"dy" against "vy" in Russian
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To be more precise, it's "ty" (not "dy") vs. "vy".

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You cannot use the polite forms from those languages to prove your point, as
their use is rather limited and nearly everywhere is losing ground (not sure
about Russia.
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Well, in Russian a polite "vy" is still widely used, and doesn't seem to
disappear in near future, but the main reason for it IMHO is a quite small
gap between written and spoken Russian due to severe educational programs in
schools under Soviet times, smoothing lots of dialectisms and conversational
forms.

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English is the only European language that doesn't distinguish singular vs.
plural "you" on a regular basis, although most English dialects have found a
way to distinguish singular from plural, showing that the distinction is
considered important.
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Esperanto may be added with its confusing "vi", but methinks it was coined
according to English pattern.

> Christophe.

With all respects,
Yitzik
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