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date: 24 April 2019

avoidance style 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics

P. H. Matthews

Style of speech that has to be used, in some communities, in talking in the presence of someone with whom close social contact is taboo. Widespread in Australian languages, where a part or almost the whole of the vocabulary must be replaced by special avoidance terms in the presence of certain relatives. Often called ‘mother-in-law language’, this relative being typically or specially taboo.... ...

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