Publication details [#54936]

Dittrich, Winand H., Thomas Johansen and Elena Kulinskaya. 2011. Norms and situational rules of address in English and Norwegian speakers. Journal of Pragmatics 43 (15) : 3807–3821.
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Language as a subject
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This study explores the extent of reciprocity, solidarity, and inequality in dyadic address exchanges in Norwegian and English, employing a statistical approach that enables to directly compare the linguistic patterns of expected and observed values in the two languages. The impact of cultural differences and social change determining the pragmatics of communication are supposed to account for the findings. A cognitive politeness concept to explain address forms is emphasized.