chapter  8
Social Subordination and Language
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As I listened to the above assertion made by a visitor to the household that was hosting me, I thought it was a disrespectful way to behave as a guest. But, to my surprise, the host responded to the visitor’s remark by quickly saying: ya siñurita (‘yes, miss’). My first thought was that the host was allowing herself to be patronized, but her quick answer was a formulaic one. After the visitor left she jokingly said: “quwichaq mihunan q’upalla paykunapaqqa” (“they always see the guinea pigs’ food as garbage”).