Address Variation in Sociocultural Context

Region, power and distance in Italian service encounters

ORCID logoAgnese Bresin | La Trobe University
ISBN 9789027208125 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027260307 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This study looks at the sociocultural context of five Italian regions and at the situational context of restaurant encounters (a sub-type of service encounters) to examine address variation in spoken Italian—with a focus on singular address pronouns tu, voi and lei. It offers a thorough examination of distance and power dynamics between waiters and customers in a wide range of restaurant types. This book marks the introduction of Italian to the field of regional pragmatic variation and it will be of interest to linguists, Italianists and researchers more broadly working on service encounters. The author offers a new dimension to the understanding of social interaction and language use in contemporary Italy, uncovering cultural and linguistic differences between even adjacent geographical areas within a modern European nation state.
[Topics in Address Research, 2] 2021.  xxi, 290 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“The novelties of the book are manifold: it adds interesting insights to the field of regional pragmatic variation; it is the first in-depth study drawn on the Italian context on a topic more often investigated in other languages; it makes possible the specification of how much the address system of Italian can be subject to sociolinguistic variation. In fact, not only regional variation emerges clearly from the data, but also the social variation linked to the age of the interlocutors and the differentiation produced by restaurant levels and customers' expectations. Although the volume is devoted to the pronominal address system, there are also interesting references to related nominal address aspects.”
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Bresin, Agnese
2023. Chapter 14. Investigating address in regional varieties of Italian. In It's different with you [Topics in Address Research, 5],  pp. 340 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020046038 | Marc record