Chapter published in:Intersubjectivity in Action: Studies in language and social interaction
Edited by Jan Lindström, Ritva Laury, Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 326] 2021
► pp. 109–
Mirror-like address practice in Arabic-medium classroom interaction
Managing social relations and intersubjectivity
This paper examines address inversion in classroom interactions in Arabic. Address inversion, found in various languages, is an address practice where the speaker addresses the recipient with the same address term that the recipient would normally use to call the speaker. Inverted address is a denotationally incongruent, asymmetric address used by speakers who claim cultural seniority. By analyzing the position of address inversion in interaction (in turns, sequences, and activities) and utilizing the notion of stance, this paper examines the ways in which address inversion manages intersubjectivity by constructing the shifting relationships between the participants in classroom interaction. The data are classroom interactions video recorded in Palestinian territories.
Keywords: address inversion, transposed reference, stance, classroom interaction, family interaction, pre-positioned address term, post-positioned address term, transition, directive, admonition
- 2.1Address inversion in interaction
- 2.2Intersubjectivity in semiotic encounters
- 4.Address inversion in classroom interaction
- 4.1Address inversion in initial action
- 4.2Address inversion in responsive actions
- 5.Conclusion and discussion
Note of acknowledgement
Published online: 17 November 2021
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