Journal article

"One indeed classifies certain people somewhere for himself...": Forms of address and social deixis

HL Kretzenbacher

Deutsche Sprache | Erich Schmidt Verlag GmbH & Co. | Published : 2010


Forms of address are a major linguistic instrument for the social positioning of interlocutors in conversation. The metaphor of 'distance' has frequently been used in linguistics and other social sciences to describe this social positioning, but it is used inconsistently. This article suggests an integrated two-dimensional model of gliding scales of perceived vertical (hierarchical) and horizontal (social) distance between interlocutors as an intuitive means of finding the appropriate form of address in a given conversation. The model is supported by empirical data consisting of metalinguistic comments on the address system by native speakers and is used as the basis for the description of G..

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