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Repetition and Reduction. Two Contrastive Characters of Politeness Formulas in a Gender Perspective

The Case of the Italian cià cià and Similar Expressions

Anna Chiara Pagliaro    Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italia    

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abstract

This study is about politeness formulas as a class of fixed expressions and, in particular, it analyses the coexistence of two opposing phenomena – namely repetition and phonetic reduced variants – which contrasts with the typical stability and immutability of formulaic aspects in spoken communication. These aspects are discussed using the method of correlational sociolinguistics with reference to language and gender. The data show that men tend to use politeness formulas affected by repetition and reduction more than women. This tends to support the thesis according to which men are more exposed to linguistic variation and innovation while women would tend to a conservativeness and a tradition of the forms.

Pubblicato
29 Dicembre 2020
Lingua
EN
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-479-0
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-478-3

Keywords: RepetitionGender StudiesConservativenessSpoken CommunicationInnovativenessPoliteness FormulasReductionCiao

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