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The patterns of use for the address term dude are outlined, as are its functions and meanings in interaction. Explanations are provided for its rise in use, particularly among young men, in the early 1980s, and for its continued popularity since then. Dude is used mostly by young men to address...
In contrast to studies that have focused on the syntactic properties of English - self pronouns ( myself, yourself , etc.), this paper investigates the semantic and pragmatic contributions these forms make in different structural contexts, including not only appositive uses, but also reflexives...
Linguists often rely on synchronic generational differences in language to supply evidence of language change in progress in "apparent time," yet this approach must always be evaluated against the possibility that such differences reflect change over speakers' lifetimes ("age grading"), rather...
Dramatic demographic changes are rapidly reshaping the population of the United States in ways that make the research questions that motivated twentieth-century dialectology outmoded. This paper outlines some of the most important demographic changes currently affecting the United States and...
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