Terms of address

Friederike Braun
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Terms of address are the linguistic forms speakers use to refer to their collocutor(s), in the words of Oyetade (1995: 515) “words or expressions used to designate the person being talked to while talk is in progress”. In English, for example, these are words like you, mom, young man, or Professor Snyder. Even though forms of address may serve to open an interaction as in example (1), they should be distinguished from contact words or greetings that do not refer to the addressee (e.g. Hi, Excuse me, Good morning).

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