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Adams, Zoë. 2018. ‘I don't know why man's calling me family all of a sudden’: Address and reference terms in grime music. Language & Communication 60 : 11–27.
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The address and reference system in the lyrics of British Grime artists shows several cultural effects. This linguistic system is controlled by a discourse of enmity and freewill kinship. Conformity to the system permits these artists to indicate their affiliation with a devised community. The devised community is featured by solidarity which is rooted in social slighting. Grime artists elucidate multi-ethnic dialects and the influence of globalisation on adolescents.