Publication details [#53606]

Maalej, Zouhair. 2010. Addressing non-acquaintances in Tunisian Arabic: A cognitive-pragmatic account. Intercultural Pragmatics 7 (1) : 147–173.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


Drawing on Lakoff's theory of categorization known as Idealized Cognitive Models (ICMs), this study reveals how Tunisian Arabic speakers inject kinship-related terms in their address to non-acquaintances to create familiarity and a pragmatic minimization of distance. Rank and politeness much less affect this address than address to acquaintances.