Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

Center for the Study of Language and Society

Towards a grammar of address in multilingual African settings?

Dienstag, 31.10.2017, 18:15 Uhr

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer

Das Forum Language and Society ist eine Reihe von Gastvorträgen zu Themen der Soziolinguistik. Doktorierende der GSH können sich die Teilnahme als Zuhörende mit 0,25 ECTS pro Vortrag anrechnen lassen.

Veranstaltende: Forum Language and Society
Redner, Rednerin: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Sommer
Datum: 31.10.2017
Uhrzeit: 18:15 - 19:45 Uhr
Ort: F-121
Lerchenweg 36
3012 Bern
Merkmale: Öffentlich

Greeting conventions and address forms have been treated from various perspectives in the literature. Rarely incorporated at length and with discourse examples in (reference) grammars of African lan­guages in the past, they form a culture- and language-specific system in its own right. While anthropologists have treated greetings and address behaviour in the context of access rituals, some more recent sociolinguistic investigations on African languages have started to look in more detail on discourse openings – including address forms – and other communicative events from an empirical perspective. With examples from different African languages I would like to discuss the question whether this may lead to a ‘grammar of address’ based on actual language use in multilingual settings.