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LINGUIST List 24.275

Wed Jan 16 2013

Qs: Masculine Forms of Address

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Jan-2013
From: Kate Bennett <kmbliv.ac.uk>
Subject: Masculine Forms of Address
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I am a psychologist looking at older widowers attitudes to repartnering. In my interviews with them I notice that men do not always refer to their late wives or their new partners by name, and don't always use the possessive pronoun. This suggests to me that this may reflect a masculine script or masculine identity (I have done some work in ageing and masculinity).

However, I am unfamiliar with the linguistic literature. I am, therefore, wondering if there is a literature on forms of address and masculinity, and where I might find it? Any help help or pointers would be appreciated.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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