Terms of address from part of the socio-cultural matrix of a people. These can be studied on a historical developmental scale or on a synchronic typological scale. In a hierarchical society address terms are asymmetrical. But when social change takes place and the hierarchy breaks down new kinds of symmetry and asymmentry set in. Study of semantic evolution of terms in a changing society poses a bigger challenge. How underlying social rules change and how people exercise options present fascinating dimensions of study.
Dr. Koul has attempted a study of modes of address and pronominal usage in the context of Punjabi. Similar studies need to b done for all indian languages to work out typologies gives. If this is accepted by scholars then our efforts would be rewarded. I congratulate the authors and all those involved in the production of the work, more particularly Sri H. L. N. Bharati for quick execution of this work.
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