Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Authorized Speaker

Definition: 

An authorized speaker is a speaker that belongs to a socially defined group for whom the use of a distinctive class of linguistic forms is reserved.

Discussion: 

The use of distinctive linguistic forms expresses the absolute social deixis of the speaker’s membership in the group.

Examples: 

(Thai)

Thai men and women each use a different politeness particle when speaking.
(Haas 1964)

Source: 

Glossary Hierarchy