Los usos de "tú" y "ud." en los actos de habla: Una aproximación a la pragmática del bilingüe

Translated title of the contribution: The uses of "tú" and "Ud." in speech acts: An approximation to the bilingual's pragmatics

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Abstract

This paper explores how second and third generation Cuban Americans from Miami, Florida, use the address pronouns "tú" and "Ud." when formulating speech acts such as requests in Spanish. A qualitative analysis shows that the explicit use of the pronouns when uttering a speech act fulfills a double purpose: 1) to flatter the hearer and express solidarity towards her/him, and 2) to establish distance towards the interlocutor when the speaker is in a position of power.

Translated title of the contributionThe uses of "tú" and "Ud." in speech acts: An approximation to the bilingual's pragmatics
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)85-102
Number of pages18
JournalAlpha
Issue number31
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Address pronouns bilingual cuban americans
  • Politeness

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