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Meet and Greet: Address and Introductions in Intercultural Communication at International Conferences
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2014 (English)In: Challenging the Monolingual Mindset / [ed] John Hajek & Yvette Slaughter, Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2014, 1, 78-96 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The way we address one another – nominal address such as first names, last names and titles, or pronominal address, the use of informal (T) vs. formal (V) second-person pronouns such as French tu and vous ‘you’ respectively – is fundamental in marking social relations and encodes human relationships. This chapter examines nominal address in intercultural communication among academics, focussing specifically on address and introduction practices at international conferences. Address here encompasses use of titles, first names, last names, and combinations of these in the introduction of self and others.

The results highlight the potential - amongst non-native speakers of English - for English-language routines and patterns to be influenced by differing cultural norms operating in other languages and cultural areas. At the same time, our results also show sensitivity to English L1 norms - particularly the heightened use of first name only address, when academics from different cultural backgrounds meet at international conferences.  Finally, regardless of language, age is seen to be a useful marker of relative status between interlocutors as expressed through address patterns: oldest respondents, most likely to achieve higher academic standing over an extended career, are least likely to use FN only but most likely to use and expect formal titles.

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Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2014, 1. 78-96 p.
Keyword [en]
intercultural communication, address, introduction, English as lingua franca
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107917ISBN: 9781783092505OAI: diva2:752031
Available from: 2014-10-02 Created: 2014-10-02 Last updated: 2014-10-09Bibliographically approved

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