Datapoint Sango/Politeness distinctions in second-person pronouns

The 2PL ala (also used for 3rd person) is used for politeness and deference for 2SG and 3SG ('you' and 'he/she'). A woman even used it in speaking about a child whom she had interviewed. This usage is probably found in other Ubangian languages, as in Gbaya. However, not everyone adheres to the rule; I have been addressed with mo by a lot of kids.

Values

Binary pronominal politeness distinction

Example 59-66:
mo ma awe, mama?
mo
2sg
ma
hear
awe,
already
mama?
mother
Did you understand, Mother?

Source: Samarin 2007

Example 59-67:
mama, ala de ti lango ape?!
mama,
mother
ala
2pl
de
continue
ti
of
lango
sleep
ape?!
neg
Mother, haven't you fallen asleep yet?!
Example 59-68:
i na mama, i ga
i
1pl
na
and
mama,
mother
i
1pl
ga
come
Mother and I came.

Source: Samarin 1967a: 140

Confidence:
Very certain