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Address and introductions across two pluricentric languages in intercultural communication
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
2013 (English)In: Exploring Linguistic Standards in Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages: Explorando estándares lingüísticos en variedades no dominantes de lenguas pluricéntricas / [ed] Rudolf Muhr, Carla Amorós Negre, Carmen Fernández Juncal, Klaus Zimmerman, Emilio Prieto, Natividad Hernández, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013, 259-274 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores how speakers introduce themselves and others in a particular intercultural setting – international conferences. Such first encounters involve several important choices where speakers need to decide how to address one another and how to refer to themselves – e.g. by first name or by title and last name. In a previous study, we found marked differences in reported address and introduction patterns depending on the language background of the speaker. In this study we focus specifically on such variation across two pluricentric languages, drawing on different national varieties of English and German. Our results, based on questionnaire data collected at eight international conferences, indicate that address and introduction practices vary not only due to the first language of the speaker, but also depend on which national variety he or she is a speaker of.

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Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013. 259-274 p.
, Österreichisches Deutsch. Sprache der Gegenwart, 15
Keyword [en]
pluricentric languages, English, German, address, introductions, intercultural communication
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93038ISBN: 978-3631-62583-5OAI: diva2:644124
Available from: 2013-08-29 Created: 2013-08-29 Last updated: 2014-01-13Bibliographically approved

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