Talking To Strangers--a Sociolinguistic Experiment: Variation In Initial Dyadic Interactions Between Spanish-speakers In Early 21st Century Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Title: Talking To Strangers--a Sociolinguistic Experiment: Variation In Initial Dyadic Interactions Between Spanish-speakers In Early 21st Century Buenos Aires, Argentina
Author: Dziugis, Mary Ann
Abstract: What are the chances of a dyad of Spanish -speaking strangers using informal address in casual , initial interactions in Buenos Aires , Argentina , today ? To discover the pattern (s ) of contemporary address , the Principal Investigator (PI ) conducted a sociolinguistic experiment focusing on strangers' initial interactions to minimize the influence of Brown and Gilman's (1960 ) dimensions of power and solidarity on address variation . To gather natural and reported speech , the PI used mixed methodologies : participant observation , TV news , survey questionnaires , and interviews . She enhanced the authenticity of reported speech via the use of her new tool - -a photo interlocutor prompter sheet . The research consisted of a triangulated quantitative exploration of extra -linguistic variables with qualitative insights gained via one -on -one interviews . Quantitative findings revealed : (i ) older speakers use informal to address younger interlocutors , (ii ) symmetrical dyads of Junior generation (18 -29 ) and Middle generation (30 -49 ) speakers use informal address - -regardless of gender , and (i ) even symmetrical dyads of Senior generation (50+ ) females use informal extensively . While many of the interviewed Argentines equated the increase in informal address with the loss of good manners , others viewed "Argentine Light" , a term used to label the use of informal with strangers in casual interactions , as a less prejudicial way of speaking . Based on feedback , the PI attributes strangers' spontaneous use of informal address to Brown and Gilman's (1989 ) dimension of `affect' i .e . likability , affinity . This synchronic sociolinguistic experiment , which benchmarks the pervasiveness of "Argentine Light" in Buenos Aires , serves as a model litmus test for future sociolinguistic fieldwork .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5411
Date: 2011-03-03

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Talking To Strangers--a Sociolinguistic Experiment: Variation In Initial Dyadic Interactions Between Spanish-speakers In Early 21st Century Buenos Aires, Argentina. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /10106 /5411 .

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