Diachronic Perspectives on Address Term Systems

ORCID logoIrma Taavitsainen | University of Helsinki
ORCID logoAndreas H. Jucker | University of Zurich
ISBN 9789027253484 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
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ISBN 9789027296672 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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Address term systems and their diachronic developments are discussed in a wide range of European languages in this volume. Most chapters focus on pronominal systems, and in particular on the criteria that govern the choices between a more intimate and a more distant or polite pronoun, as for instance thou and you in Early Modern English, vos and vuestra merced in sixteenth century Spanish or du and Sie in Modern German. Several contributions deal with situations in which more than two terms can be used and several also note co-occurrence patterns of pronominal and nominal forms of address. The volume provides a multivaried picture of the evolutionary lines of address term systems and a representative range of current approaches from pragmatics and sociolinguistics to conversation analysis. It is thus a timely contribution to the rapidly expanding field of historical pragmatics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 107] 2003.  vii, 441 pp.
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“In a way the book is almost too good. Being thorough in the subjects it touches upon and showing internal consistency, it is very nearly a textbook that one could wish for a measure of rewriting in order to go the whole way and make it really so.”
“This book is a varied and absorbing collection which is a must for every researcher with interest in TOA theories.”
“In conclusion, I would like to say that 'Diachronic Perspectives' is a real asset to the study of address forms. Many different perspectives are brought together and the introduction provides a comprehensive and clear overview of the field. The editors put effort into relating papers to each other both by describing general issues in their introduction as well as by adding cross-references to papers with the same topic. They give a clear overview of recuring themes such as motivations in the choice of primary sources and the interpretation of pronoun switching, retractable address systems and norm deviation. The book also reveals problematic issues in address term research such as the issue of possible generalizations on data research.”
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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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