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Impoliteness in the Speech of College-Aged Bonaerenses

 Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 12:05pm - 12:20pm

 Place: Woodburn Hall 204

Mark Hoff

This study builds upon previous work on impoliteness to provided perspectives on the unique ways in which a specific Argentine speech community interacts and negotiates linguistically. This study operates at the actional level of variational pragmatics, employing an elicitation questionnaire to gather experimental data on impolite vocative use in the language of college-aged young people in the province of Buenos Aires. Novel perspectives on the macro-social variable of gender as it relates to impoliteness are offered. In this discussion, gender roles, treated as complex, elastic, and socially-conditioned constructs existing in a continuum, are examined in terms of the ways in which they condition and constrain the impolite vocatives young Bonairenses use in a variety of social contexts. An analysis of the variable severity of certain vocatives commonly used in Buenos Aires is also provided here, with emphasis on the role of speaker and interlocutor gender relations in the determination of a form’s severity.

Part of the colloquium: "Pragmatic and Sociolinguistic Variation" (S612 final papers, Spring 2013)

In category: Sociolinguistics and pragmatics


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