Journal article

Patterns of address in Dili Tetum, east timor

C Williams-Van Klinken, J Hajek

Australian Review of Applied Linguistics | Published : 2006


This article focuses on a detailed description of patterns of address in Dili Tetum today. It outlines the complexities of the address system and points to considerable variation in its evolving present-day use. We find, amongst other things, that a speaker may use a range of address strategies even to the same addressee, and that the use of polite pronouns Ita and Ita-Boot appears to be spreading as the language extends into new domains not previously available to it.

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