Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas

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María Irene Moyna, Susana Rivera-Mills
John Benjamins Publishing Company, Aug 15, 2016 - 352 pages
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In the growing field of address research, Spanish emerges as one of the most complex Indo European languages. Firstly, it presents second person variation in its nominal, pronominal, and verbal systems. Moreover, several Spanish varieties have more than two address variants, which compete and mix in intricate ways. Forms of Address in the Spanish of the Americas showcases current research into this unique linguistic situation, by presenting the original research of twelve scholars from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. The articles cover diachronic change and regional variation, pragmatics, dialect contact, attitudes, and identity. The contributions are contextualized through an introduction and the responses of three established experts, while a conclusion delineates a research agenda for the future. This collection in English is meant to reach scholars beyond the confines of Hispanic linguistics. It should be of interest to Romance linguists and specialists on second person variation across languages.

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Section 1 Diachronic change and regional variation
Section 2 Pragmatics and dialect contact
Section 3 Forms of address attitudes and identity

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