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Title:Signaling politeness, power and solidarity through terms of address in Dagbanli
Author:Salifu, Nantogma AlhassanISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Nordic Journal of African Studies (ISSN 1459-9465)
Volume:19
Issue:4
Pages:274-292
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:Dagomba
personal names
titles
greeting
social stratification
External link:http://www.njas.helsinki.fi/pdf-files/vol19num4/salifu.pdf
Abstract:It has been suggested that the linguistic forms used by speakers to address or refer to each other also embody different social and cultural meanings such as the type of relationships between speaker and addressee, or the attitude of speaker towards addressee. In this paper the author identifies the key linguistic components in Dagbanli address forms - kinship terms, names, and titles - and discusses the social and cultural values attached to each. The author outlines the different ways in which these elements are combined not only for the purpose of identifying the addressee or referent, but also for communicating other social meanings and attitudes like politeness, power and solidarity. The data for the paper are drawn largely from the author's personal knowledge of the Dagomba kin system of northern Ghana. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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