Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."

Book Information


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

Please Note: This is a new version of a previously announced volume.

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521182379
Prices: U.K. £ 23.99
U.S. $ 39.99