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'Mate' as a term of address in ordinary interaction

Rendle-Short, Johanna


This paper focuses on the sequential environment of the address term 'mate', contrasting the post-positioned 'mate' (e.g. 'hello mate') with the pre-positioned 'mate' (e.g. 'mate how are ya'). Because 'mate' occurs in a wide variety of situations and carries with it a range of interpretations, it is an extremely popular term that can be used not only when talking to friends, but also between casual acquaintances who may never talk to each other again. However, it can also be negatively...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.09.013


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