Variation in Address Forms for Arab Married and Unmarried Woeman in the World

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Variation in Address Forms for Arab Married and Unmarried Women in the Workplace.

1. Introduction

The present proposal handles the topic of address forms. Hence, it will introduce the basic concepts which are effective in dealing with address forms for Arab married and unmarried women. The politeness theory, terms of address usage in workplace and their categories will be discussed.

1.1 Politeness Theory Politeness theory is a socio-cultural phenomenon based on the social values and norms of a particular community. Holmes (1995:285) reports that politeness is "culturally determined", meaning what might be considered as polite in one culture, might not be polite in another. She defines politeness as "taking account of the feelings
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Variation in Address Forms for Arab Married and Unmarried Women in the Workplace.

1. Introduction

The present proposal handles the topic of address forms. Hence, it will introduce the basic concepts which are effective in dealing with address forms for Arab married and unmarried women. The politeness theory, terms of address usage in workplace and their categories will be discussed.

1.1 Politeness Theory Politeness theory is a socio-cultural phenomenon based on the social values and norms of a particular community. Holmes (1995:285) reports that politeness is "culturally determined", meaning what might be considered as polite in one culture, might not be polite in another. She defines politeness as "taking account of the feelings of others".

Brown and Levinson (1987:107) state that "terms of address can be used as a method of stressing common ground between speaker and hearer indicating that they share specific wants, including goals and values". They propose two main strategies for performing linguistic acts namely, positive politeness and negative politeness refers to the strategies that is speaker uses to express solidarity, intimacy or equal status with addresses. By contrast, negative politeness refers to the expresstion of social distance or status difference (Holmes, 1995:297).

1.2 Terms of Address

The most common honorifics in communication are usually placed immediately before a person's name. Honorific, used for style and as forms of address, are

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