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Title:Terms of Address in Shona: A Sociolinguistic Approach
Author:Mashiri, Pedzisai
Year:1999
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:26
Issue:1
Pages:93-110
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:personal names
Shona language
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
language
linguistics
Social and cultural anthropology
sociolinguistics
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1207
Abstract:Terms of address in Shona (Zimbabwe) derive from numerous sources, both modern and traditional. Proper names, nicknames, titles, pronouns, and pefixes are commonly used. Emphasis in this article is on the type of names the Shona utilize, the contexts in which they are applied, their semantics, and the circumstances that motivate their creation. The relationship between the speaker and the addressee, as well as the cognitive, historical and ideological reality, determine the choice of names and other variants in address. The choices also reflect very broad categories of social meaning. The author shows that the use of address forms and cultural values is closely intertwined. Shifts over time in patterns of address may indicate profound societal shifts. Bibliogr., sum.
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