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Address Practices and Social Relationships in European Languages
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
University of Melbourne.
2012 (English)In: Language and Linguistics Compass, ISSN 1749-818X, Vol. 6, no 4, 225-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Address practices – the way people use second-person pronouns, first names, last names and titles, and other terms to address one another – are fundamental to expressing social relationships. They reflect cultural values and can tell us a great deal about social structures and change. This article gives an overview of recent research on address practices, focusing on three European languages – French, German and Swedish. It follows theoretical developments in the study of address from the 1960s onwards, and examines how address practices have evolved in French, German and Swedish since the socio-political upheavals of that decade. It is argued that the notions of social distance and common ground are central to an understanding of address choice in these languages.

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2012. Vol. 6, no 4, 225-235 p.
Keyword [en]
address, French, German, Swedish, common ground, social distance, sociolinguistics
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-74944OAI: diva2:513196

Online refereed journal published by Wiley Blackwell

Language and Linguistics Compass 6/4 (2012): 225–235, 10.1002/lnc3.331

Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-30 Last updated: 2012-11-26Bibliographically approved

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