Solidarity and politeness in sociolinguistics

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An Introduction to Sociolinguistics by Ronald Wardhaugh

This fully revised textbook is a new edition of Ronald Wardhaughs popular and accessible An Introduction to Sociolinguistics.


Provides an accessible, comprehensive introduction to sociolinguistics that reflects new developments in the field.

Fully revised, with 130 new and updated references to bring the book completely up-to-date.

Includes suggested readings, discussion sections, and exercises.

Features increased emphasis on issues of identity, solidarity, and power

Discusses topics such as language dialects, pidgins and creoles, codes, bilingualism, speech communities, variation, words and culture, ethnographies, solidarity and politeness, talk and action, gender, disadvantage, and planning.

Designed for introductory and post-introductory students, and ideal for courses including introduction to sociolinguistics, aspects of sociolinguistics, and language and society.
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Chapter 11 - Solidarity and Politeness

The T form is sometimes described as the familiar form and the V form as the polite one. Address Terms In looking at some of the issues involved in naming and addressing, let us rst examine practices among an exotic people to distance ourselves somewhat from English. A brief look at such a different system may possibly allow us to gain a more objective perspective on what we do with our own language and in our own culture. Address Terms That objectivity is not just useful; it is quite necessary if we are to avoid conclusions distorted by ethnocentricity. Address by title alone is the least intimate form of address in that titles usually designate ranks or occupations, as in Colonel, Doctor, or Waiter.

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In addition, the apparent complexity of the sociolinguistic dimension of solidarity and politeness will be dealt with to give details to the function and consequence which arises from the use of address terms as well as politeness and solidarity patterns reflecting complex social relationships linguistically. In essence, this paper will show that certain linguistic choices a speaker makes indicate the social relationship that the speaker perceives to exist between his or her interlocutor. This way, speakers are given the chance to either be more formal or less formal with their interlocutor on certain occasions Hickey 3. In addition, a general description of the semantic evolution of the two pronouns of address will be offered. In dealing with the pronouns of address in French and German from the point of view of their function in actual speech, this chapter describes on the one hand the semantic differences existing today among the pronouns of address and on the other hand contrasts these two languages in regard to their different usage of address pronouns in social relationships. Before I come to speak of the semantic differences of address pronouns in French and German, the sociolinguistically significant term of address as such needs to be defined as the basic concept of address theory Braun 7.

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  2. Oct 6, Symmetrical V usage became “polite” usage, spreading downwards in society. It was used, for instance, Solidarity in Sociolinguistics.

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