24.275, Qs: Masculine Forms of Address

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LINGUIST List: Vol-24-275. Wed Jan 16 2013. ISSN: 1069 - 4875.

Subject: 24.275, Qs: Masculine Forms of Address

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Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:09:08
From: Kate Bennett [kmb at liv.ac.uk]
Subject: Masculine Forms of Address

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I am a psychologist looking at older widowers attitudes to repartnering. In my
interviews with them I notice that men do not always refer to their late wives
or their new partners by name, and don't always use the possessive pronoun.
This suggests to me that this may reflect a masculine script or masculine
identity (I have done some work in ageing and masculinity).

However, I am unfamiliar with the linguistic literature. I am, therefore,
wondering if there is a literature on forms of address and masculinity, and
where I might find it? Any help help or pointers would be appreciated.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

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