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Hajek, John and Maicol Formentelli. 2016. Address practices in academic interactions in a pluricentric language. Australian English, American English, and British English. Pragmatics 26 (4) : 631–652.
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John Benjamins
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This paper claims that the specific student-teacher academic address patterns discerned in the three dominant English varieties (Australian, British and American) mirror varied social and cultural values systems of distinct speech communities. Whereas reciprocal first name use is the default address pattern at all Australian levels, British settings exhibit a non-reciprocal first name and title usage, which slowly alters into a more common reciprocal first name use, ordinarily after enhanced contact and cooperation. By contrast, in American academia, an asymmetrical practice of titles, honorifics and first names strenghten the hierarchical role organization and the varying professional positions