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Full Title: Address Forms Across Cultures

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Start Date: 16-Jul-2017 - 21-Jul-2017
Contact: Yasemin Bayyurt
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Meeting Description: This panel will be focusing on when, why and how native speakers and foreign language learners of various Indo-European, Uralic and Altaic languages choose to use/not use address terms in their interactions. It will also examine whether or not, and if 'YES' how and when cultural and societal changes as well as micro-contextual factors affect/determine the choice of address terms among interlocutors.

For quite a while now, the central issue in the study of human communication in various cultures has been the examination of the ways in which interlocutors express their understanding of their relationship to one another (Bayyurt 1996; Bayyurt & Bayraktaroğlu 2001; Hatipoğlu 2008; Little & Gelles 1975; Mills 1988; Musumeci 1991; Ostermann 2003; Sole 1978). That is, 'who the speaker believes he is, who he believes the addressee is, what he thinks their relationship is, and what he thinks he is doing by saying what he is saying' (Parkinson 1985:5) can be uncovered by examining and describing the use of various linguistic forms in various social contexts. Since the choice of address terms (e.g., second person pronouns, honorifics, alternative verb inflections, greetings, kin terms etc.) or lack of them in a particular contexts in a particular society can reveal:

(a) How speakers in different cultures interpret the dimensions of status/power (P) and solidarity/distance (D) (Bayyurt 1992; Brown & Gilman 1960; Brown & Ford 1964)
(b) How speakers ensure that their daily relationships continue in harmony/disharmony
(c) When and how participants in a conversation adapt/deviate from local dynamics in ongoing conversations
(d) The motives for initiating/terminating a conversation
(e) Speakers' and listeners' (un)willingness to communicate.
Linguistic Subfield: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax
LL Issue: 27.3474

This is a session of the following meeting:
15th International Pragmatics Conference

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