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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Language and Human Relations
Subtitle: Styles of Address in Contemporary Language
Written By: Catrin Norrby
Jane Warren
Description:

The way in which people address one another is crucial to expressing social
relationships and is closely linked with cultural values. In English we
call some people by their first names, and others “Mr” or “Ms”, followed by
their surname. In some other languages there are different ways of saying
“you” depending on the degree of social distance. Exploring practices in
the family, school, university, the workplace and in letters, this book
reveals patterns in the varied ways people choose to address one another,
from pronouns to first names, from honorifics to titles and last names.
Examples are taken from contemporary English, French, German and Swedish,
using rich data from focus group research, interviews, chat groups, and
participant observation.

2009/200 pp./26 tables

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
German
Swedish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521870623
ISBN-13: 9780521870627
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