First names

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Sat Apr 13 19:10:37 UTC 2002

At 02:32 PM 4/13/02 -0400, you wrote:
>Beverly Flanigan wrote:
> >
> > One last comment on this tired old topic:  I'm listening to "Fresh Air
> > Weekend" on NPR (normally an idiotic show, but today the interviewee is
> > Donald Hall), and the interviewer (usually gross indeed) keeps addressing
> > the poet as "Donald Hall, you say . . . ."  I've noticed this before in her
> > speech and wonder if this is a way of avoiding either the too familiar FN
> > or the too formal TLN.  It also occurs in computer-generated mail that uses
> > the salutation "Dear Beverly Flanigan."
>I think it's different when radio interviewers use it. In most cases
>they're deliberately using both names so that a listener who joins
>the show in progress will know what's going on, which they wouldn't
>if the interview said "Mr. Hall" or "Donald" after the original
>introduction. (This is apart from the repeated "My guest today is
>poet Donald Hall....")
>Jesse "Mr." Sheidlower

You make a good point, but I just find it annoying.  With her last guest,
Henry Louis Gates, the interviewer addressed him by full name less, maybe
because it would take too long!

Beverly Olson Flanigan         Department of Linguistics
Ohio University                     Athens, OH  45701
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