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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Address systems

Address systems

(p.897) Chapter 55 Address systems
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Richard Ashdowne

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys some of the most important issues in Romance address systems. It covers the principal pronominal and verbal systems of address across Romance; sources of innovative Romance pronouns and form of address; encoding of number, gender, reciprocal/non-reciprocal intimacy, politeness, deference, and distance; sociolinguistic variables conditioning distribution of forms of address; grammatical mismatches between person, number, and gender; variation in matching verb forms; intralingual variation; phonological), morphological; syntactic, and lexical strategies for marking the vocative; inverse address. Specific topics dealt with include: alternations among bound forms of address; social distribution; choice of form; choice of system; terminology; typology; formal and functional clash; free forms of address; syntax and pragmatics; morphological marking; morphophonological patterns; inverse address.

Keywords:   address, vocative, politeness, distance, vocative morphology, inverse address

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