Journal article

Social deixis at international conferences: Austrian German speakers’ introduction and address behaviour in German and English

Heinz L Kretzenbacher, John Hajek, Catrin Norrby, Doris Schüpbach

Journal of Pragmatics | Elsevier BV | Published : 2020

Abstract

Based on a qualitative and quantitative survey of introduction and address and naming behaviour of Austrian academics at international conferences in linguistics and language studies, we compare reported strategies in Austrian German and in English as a lingua franca (ELF). The scenarios asked about are self-introduction, introduction of others and when being introduced by others. Overall, the qualitative data demonstrate that Austrian academics are well aware of the social and linguistic complexities of introductions at international conferences as well as of cross-cultural differences in introduction and address conventions in academia. Quantitative results show important differences acros..

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